August 30, 2007

The Real Fashion Police

Recently there has been lots of media attention about proposals banning saggy pants and exposed underwear. The New York Times published an interesting piece today on the historical roots of the trend, the legality of indecency ordinances, and the national attention the issue has received.

"Behind the indecency laws may be the real issue — the hip-hop style itself, which critics say is worn as a badge of delinquency, with its distinctive walk conveying thuggish swagger and a disrespect for authority. Also at work is the larger issue of freedom of expression and the questions raised when fashion moves from being merely objectionable to illegal."