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Florida Law Vows To Put An End To Baggy Pants, Once And For All

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In "finally, someone is tackling the number one issue our kids are facing every. day." news, the state of Florida is considering passing a law that would require male and female students to keep their "pants up and underwear covered". Thankfully this isn't happening during the baggy pants phenom that was JNCO:

State Senator Gary Siplin has been working on a bill aimed at a school's dress code policy for six years and he's close to making it law.

SB 228 and House version, HB 61, makes it against the law when teens wear their pants so low you can see their underwear. The proposed rule under the school code of conduct applies to boys and girls. The Senate version passed without any dissenting votes.

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Should this law be broken, punishment ranges anywhere from "a verbal warning to a three day in-school suspension and a 30 day suspension from extracurricular activities like football or theatre".

However, some students say it is not always possible to keep their pants up. Allow them to explain:

Just ask ninth grader Maurice Hall. Administrators stopped him for wearing his pants so low his underwear was visible. "This morning I broke my belt, that's why my pants are sagging. But usually I'm wearing a belt, so they never sag," says Maurice.

School administrators have a simple solution: they zip tie the pants or shorts. They use a plastic tie, slip it through a couple of belt loops on the pants or shorts and cinch it at the waist. The tie has to be cut off.

A message posted on campus reads: "Heads up, Pants up, Grades up."

A similar law was proposed in the UK last year, but a judge deemed it a human rights violation.

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Florida's Close To Passing An Anti-Saggy Pants Law [Coco Perez]
New: Florida Legislature Working on Baggy Pants Law [First Coast News]

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DISCUSSION

There's a lot of criticism of sagging going on here. And while it's great if you want to say, "I hate baggy fashions," I'm kind of disturbed by how many people are saying this bill is a good idea. I've made my feelings on jeggings pretty clear here (summary: hate. So much hate) but I'll still get pissed if someone tries to ban them.

Don't we always argue that it's a person right to wear whatever fashion they feel most comfortable in situations where it doesn't impact their performance? Why does that go out the window if you don't like the fashion? Or do we only care about fashion policing when it's focused more on traditional feminist issues, rather than primarily focused on men (yes, women are included in the ban, but the focus of the article seems to be on baggy pants)?