Ink Out Loud: I don’t care what you wear |

Ink Out Loud: I don’t care what you wear

For a couple of years now, lawmakers, city council members and other outraged citizens all over the country have been attempting to dictate just how low pants can be worn below the waist.

That’s just silly.

I figure between the youngsters’ droopy drawers and the older set pulling their pants up to their armpits, it all evens out.

And since when did we decide that there’s a dress code in these United States?

The American Civil Liberties Union calls saggy pants laws unconstitutional. Clothing choices represent freedom of expression.

A few years back I was approached by two women who started a petition to ban people from wearing pajama pants or sweat pants out in public. Their city was overwhelmed with crime and poverty, so they thought the sloppy style contributed to waning tourism.

More people signed that goofy petition than voted in the general election in their city — about double.

The two women who started the petition didn’t vote either.

I asked them what they were going to do with it when they were done collecting names.

One shrugged.

The other said, “I don’t know, take it to city council or something.”

All that time and energy was wasted on judging their neighbors’ wardrobe choices.

In the meantime, the jail was overcrowded, children were being abused, homes were broken into, there were shootings, stabbings, burglaries, robberies, vandalism — you name it.

People from nonprofit organizations were persistently searching for volunteers to help clean up the trash on roadsides, mentor youth, read to school children, drive cancer patients to appointments, help at the domestic violence shelter and work in the community garden that helped feed the hungry.

If folks can beat the streets insisting on changes in society, I would encourage them to choose any one of many other urgent causes.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be the pants police — that’s not my circus. I don’t care what people wear. I care how they behave.

Mandy Feder is the Managing Editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. She can be reached at 530-542-8006 or

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