I have never been a fan of the look that consists of a person wearing their pants down to their knees. In fact, I don’t really know anybody that is a fan of the baggy pants look. However, the state of Louisiana has gone as far as actually banning this kind of dressing in public. The law was passed this week and it has been declared that offenders will be fined $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second offense and $100 plus 16 hours of community service for the third offense.
Although I do not particularly like the look of baggy pants, this look does not hurt me in any way, shape or form, and is therefore something that does not effect me at all. Because of this I do not believe Louisiana has any right in passing this kind of law. What ever happened to freedom of speech? Isn’t the way one dresses a form of the first amendment? Shouldn’t everyone be allowed to wear whatever they want?
First it is the kind of pants we wear, but who knows whats next? Next we could be told that certain hairstyles and makeup are unacceptable and then certain heel heights and skirt lengths are inappropriate enough to be illegal. I understand that a reason why this law was passed was because baggy pants are considered offensive. But in what ways are baggy pants offensive? Because they are displeasing to the eye? When we begin creating laws based on pleasure, rather than what is moral and safe, anything goes up for grabs, and it becomes hard to know when to stop.
I feel as if every few years I hear complaints concerning baggy pants; and thats the thing; I hear these complaints every few years. Baggy pants are a fad that occurs every once in a while; lasting only long enough to rile everyone up, and then suddenly disappearing again. No fashion statement lasts forever, if they did we would all still be walking around with big blown out hair and shoulder pads. Passing a law on a fashion statement that will only go away with time makes the situation into a bigger deal then it should be.
Jerone Boykin, president of the local NAACP chapter in Louisiana agrees with the passing of this law because, “There is nothing positive about people wearing saggy pants… Young men who were in prison who wanted to have sex with other men would send a signal to another man with his pants below his waist.”
Although this history behind baggy pants is true, instead of creating laws based on what we personally believe is a ridiculous look or not, lets instead educate young men and women on the history behind the fashion statement and allow them to make the decision to participate in this way of dressing on their own. Telling somebody “no” without teaching them is not a way for any society to move forward and change for the better.
Do you agree or disagree with the law to ban baggy pants in Louisiana?Baggy Pants, Jerone Boykin, Law, local NAACP, Louisiana