Thursday, 30 August 2007

Jeans Sagging laws imposed in South Africa.

There seems to be a trend among young people all over the world especially males who regards jeans sagging as fashionable. This type of clothing is reported to have come from the Hip Hop musical culture.

According to New York Time, jeans sagging is against the Law in Louisiana and an intensifying push by lawmakers has determined pants worn low enough to expose underwear poses a threat to the public, and they have enacted indecency ordinances to stop it.

It's further reported that an ordinance in Mansfield, a town of 5,496 near Shreveport, subjects offenders to a fine (as much as $150 plus court costs) or jail time (up to 15 days).

This does not only happen in the United States of America but also here in South Africa. Normally the SA hip hop artists and the Kwaito artists are among the popular personalities who wear such sagged jeans.

Some parents have argued that it is an uncalled-for behaviour for the musicians especially Hip hop and Kwaito artists for mislead their kinds because they follow suite too as they(musicians) act as their children's role models.

This, therefore calls for the South African government to look into the impact that this kind of dress code has on the "Growing mind" and as to whether it can be regulated or not.

Yes, regulating what people should wear might seem to infringe on individuals' rights of expression (the right to wear whatever cloths one feels confortable with.

What impact does such a dress code have on such "growing minds? Is it polluting such a "young mind" and what are the future consequences of such on those "growing mind" and this is something to be considered before getting out of hand

Maybe a few fines on "un-informal dress codes" is not a bad thing after all - and not all legislation formulated are fair - to some people they(legislations) are fair and others are just discriminatory or maybe a reverse discrimination, e.g Affirmitive Action Act.

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