SEARCH BLOG: CULTURE
We must respect all cultures. Yes, we may find some cultures strange and repugnant, but differences are good. We have no right to condemn someone because they have customs that are different from ours. We should be willing to learn and accept those differences.
But no, not in the U.S. Instead, we try to ban cultural artifacts if they don't conform to our narrow, rigid ways of what is deemed acceptable. Over and over, we see headlines such as these:
- Atlanta Considers Banning Baggy Pants
- Pull 'em up or pay it down
- Trenton Lawmaker Wants Baggy Pants Crackdown
This person, from a poor sub-culture, is wearing "peddle-pushers" because they can be purchased very cheaply as a result of being out of style in the U.S. Obviously, he cannot afford to purchase them in his size, so they must be worn lower. Exacting criminal penalties for wearing this type of clothing simply adds to the economic desperation of such people.This focus on where the waistline begins hides the fact that appropriate clothing styles are relative to a person's culture. It is also insensitive to the fact that people in some cultures may not have the money to afford a standard length pair of pants.
Should we demand that old men lower their pants to at least their belly buttons?
It doesn't make sense to exalt one person because he wears his pants too high while condemning another for wearing his pants too low.
You can, of course, laugh at those who are forced to show their tacky underwear in public... as long as you do so discreetly...