Pardon me, Sir Gangster? Your trousers are descending

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That’s a disgusting picture. And if the picture itself looks so gross, how gross would actually seeing a person with sagging pants be? I always wondered why would anyone want to dress like this, showing a piece of their underwear? What are they showing off?

I was reminded of this last week because of a news article a few days ago.

Don’t get on the bus in Ft. Worth, Texas, if you’re not properly dressed. The Ft. Worth Transportation Authority, known as “The T,” has implemented a new policy that prohibits any passenger from boarding a bus with “saggy” pants that expose the person’s underwear or buttocks.

“Riders don’t want to see a person dressed like that on a public bus,” Joan Hunter, communications manager for The T, told Reuters on Thursday. “Our customers think it’s disrespectful.”

Hunter said the new saggy pants policy is simply an extension of the dress code that The T has had for years, which has long required shirts and shoes.

“A lot of different people ride the bus,” she said. “And many of them told us it’s not a good idea to have your pants below your buttocks.”

Exactly my feelings. It’s not a good idea to display your undergarments or bums. But how and when people started dressing like this? And how and why did it become a fashion.

It seems this trend originated in American prison system. The clothes given to the inmates of the prison were very ill fitting, some times even two dress sizes higher. On top of that, the prisoners were not given belts because they could be used as weapons or could be used for hanging someone to death. Given this situation, the pants of the prisoners sagged. sagging3These gangsters continued wearing pants in the same manner even when they were out of the prison. So it became a power statement. This style was then picked up by a lot of hip-hop dancers or rappers and hence became a fashion.

However, even though there are people who think it’s fashionable, there are many people, particularly from older generation, think it’s gross. The Fort Worth instance is not an exception. Similar rules are being made across the US. Wearing saggy pants in schools has been banned Florida and in Arkansas.

And sagging is not restricted to the USA. Even in apna Mumbai, you do see drooping pants. Very recently, I attended a high profile function in a plush hotel. During the ceremony, the mike stopped working and an attendant was invited to look at the sound equipment. He came in front of the stage and bent down to check something, displaying his underwear to everyone in the audience.

A couple of years ago, there was a story in Hindustan times about sagging pants in India which quoted a young man saying “When people can flaunt their international bags or shoes with elan, what’s wrong in showing off the logo of your branded underwear? Gone are the days when people used to be casual about their briefs!” Really?

Another young person said “I don’t think there is anything indecent about it. We are not revealing our derri?re. So the question of indecency doesn’t arise. We have the freedom to wear whatever we want and are exercising our right.”

The question is, should they exercise this freedom of expression, when it may actually offend someone’s modesty? Would you wear a sagging pant? Would you let your child wear one? Would you go around with a person who is wearing one? Please share…

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6 Responses to Pardon me, Sir Gangster? Your trousers are descending

  1. Hi there! This article couldn’t be written any better! Going through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this information to him. Pretty sure he’ll
    have a very good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  2. Tulefogg says:

    I just wonder how many of these people have jobs in offices and or in doctors offices or hospitals. Are they allowed to work in that attire or are they sent home because of a dress code that is in effect. Seems to me that if the schools and parents had some sort of dress code (especially for the students in their last years of high school) then these young people entering the work force would also carry with them the knowledge of what is accepted in the work force and maybe feel a sense of pride in their appearance. I know that everyone is allowed to wear whatever they want . But can you honestly see them wearing these gangster pants in their sixties or seventies? Plus these pants are expensive, not cheap. I’ve told my grandson’s that if they come over wearing that type of pants then I will buy them belts or suspenders. I’ve only seen one grandson aged 11 wearing them and when I commented on them not being appropriate, their parents made an excuse for him. He doesn’t come over very often and now when he does, I notice his pants tend to fit a little bit better.

  3. Being a part of the generation, I feel that even low-waisters can be worn quite decently without being such an eye sore. It’s disgusting how people take trends and fashion to make themselves look foolish and obscene a lot of times without thinking if they are able to carry it off well.

    Funnaaayyy post:)

  4. Bonnie says:

    It seems to me that there are many other more appropriate ways to express oneself than by wearing pants below your bottom. Unfortunately, although the trend may be fading slightly in the U.S., I still see many more bums than I’d like. And no, I wouldn’t let my son dress like that–I’d force him to wear suspenders if necessary!🙂 Makarand, thanks for making me laugh out loud with your blog title!

    • Thanks Bonnie, but I can’t take the credit for the blog title. In the spirit of shamelessly stealing something that is good, I stole it from this page on facebook. I was planning to give this link in the post itself, but forgot. Your compliment reminded me about it.

      And contrary to the belief that this is a old, dying habit, the comments on this page tell a different story.

  5. Rahul says:

    i copy your feelings on this. its one of the disgusting habits which i have also always hated…
    but now i think this so called fashion had passed by and now very very few people are found wearing clothes like that…

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