Now It’s Our Turn To Be Embarrassed

Last month, Virginia lawmakers were the butt of worldwide jokes because they were considering enacting a law that would make it a crime for people to “…display their below-waist undergarments in a lewd or indecent manner”. The proposed law became known as the “Droopy Drawers Bill” and the whole matter was dropped by the chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee because, as he put it, “I think that bill is an embarrassment to Virginia, nationally and internationally, I wanted to stop the embarrassment.”

Well, now it’s Orlando’s turn to be embarrassed. State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando has proposed a similar bill (scroll down to the second story) to “forbid anyone from exposing underwear in a manner that exposes or exhibits one’s covered or uncovered sexual organs.” (whatever THAT means).

I’ll be the first to say I don’t care to see some guy’s pants hanging down so far that his underwear is waving in the wind. My personal opinion is that they haven’t yet grown up enough to know how to buy clothes in the right size to fit them. But what I REALLY don’t care for is some half-assed (pardon the pun) law that says you’re going to jail for 10 days and/or pay a fine if you wear clothes the state doesn’t like.

Thanks to Senator Siplin, now it’s our turn to be embarrassed.

2 Comments so far

  1. who'sfree? (unregistered) on March 14th, 2005 @ 9:04 am

    I believe this is yet another attempt to force “lock-step ” conformity to regulate false morality.
    Who cares whose underwear ( or crack , for that matter((pity the poor working man))) is showing? Anyone can turn their head and just not look!

    Doesn’t clothing rules and regulations lead us one step closer to BURKAS !

    Why are all these men and women fighting in the middle east? I was told so that the people could remove the primitive coverings and move into the 21st century with the freedom of individual choice.

    Seems to me we are going in the wrong direction in this country on a lot of fronts, public underwear is just the tip of the iceberg.

  2. Damien (unregistered) on March 14th, 2005 @ 10:22 am

    It’s silly. So some poor girl is walking around the mall in a tanktop and jeans, and not realise that her underwear is peeking from the back of her pants. Next thing you know, boom she has a 10 day jail sentence???

    If that were to happen to my wife, we would not be able to pay the bills because neither of us could work.. she would be in jail and I would have to stay home and watch our 5 month old son.

    This is an irrational, biased and completely unfounded proposal. Emotion is never a good basis for decisions, and this proposal is clearly based on anger and frustration.

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