Archive for February 9th, 2005

Pants to this…

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

Fines for ‘droopy drawers’ backed: “US politicians fed up with catching an eyeful of underwear want to fine those who won’t hitch up their trousers.

The Virginia state house has voted to outlaw the trend of wearing trousers so low that underwear hangs over the top.

Delegates said the habit, popular across the US and in other Western countries, was ‘coarsening’ society.

But others hit back, urging legislators to remember their own ‘fashion follies’ and saying the law would be used mostly against black people.

The house adopted the ‘droopy drawers’ bill by a margin of 60-34.

“Underwear is called underwear for a reason”

Virginia Delegate John Reid

If the state senate also approves, youngsters in Virginia showing too much of their boxer shorts or G-strings could be fined $50 (£26).”

The year I started teaching I moved down south and was confronted with the then new trend of showing off your underwear – mainly among girls – though I always suspected it was more accidental than anything else. But now everyone’s doing it – not that you have much choice: my favourite pair of jeans require constant hiking.

When I was a lad, underwear was extremely private, and girls in particular went to great pains to hide any sign of bras. How things change…

Ooh, how old did I sound then??

My favorourite moment in this whole trend was about five years ago when Newsround, the BBC’s children’s news programme, did a short feature on it. After it finished the presenter turned to camera and said ‘remember, boys – you’ll need to make sure your underpants are clean!’

Anyway, while I’ve seen a few examples of this trend which really do make my eyes water, I think it’s just another taboo being broken down, like bikinis and mini skirts. And rather than it being ‘coarse’ it seems, on the whole, to be a sign of a liberalisation of attitudes towards the body which is quite relaxed.

But I suppose in Virginia, the term ‘fashion police’ is being taken far too seriously. Nice to know that crime there is so low they can afford to divert resources into such things…