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Fort Worth, Texas Bus System Bans Saggy Pants

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In a move that smells a bit like cultural oppression, The Fort Worth Transportation Authority in Fort Worth, Texas has recently instituted a ban on saggy pants. You heard right – if you’re a person that wears your pants below your ass, you’re not going to be allowed on the buses in Fort Worth. From Reuters:

“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.”

The saggy pants look has been around for more than a decade, tracing its roots to prison attire because inmates are not issued belts. It spread to the rap and hip-hop music community, and from there became a popular symbol of freedom and cultural awareness for many young people.

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.”

So up went signs in city buses, reading “Pull ’em up or find another ride.”

The reaction, according to the Reuters story, has apparently been mostly positive, although I’m surprised loud objections haven’t been voiced regarding the implications of the new policy. What’s next, burkas? Shirts with profanity on them? Exposed tattoos? Because “riders don’t want to see a person dressed like that on a public bus”? Not sure what else to make of this, other than the fact that I’m not surprised to see Texas leading the way here. TC mark

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    • NatalieKeshlear

      Yep. This is how DFW (Dallas / Fort Worth) is. Totally not surprised by this as I grew up there.

    • http://ethecofem.com Bema

      Now how will I get glimpses of those sweet rumps? Hell hath no fury like a bored homosexual.

    • http://twitter.com/trash_humper TRASH HUMPER

      I s(W)agg my pants all day every day.

    • http://twitter.com/trash_humper TRASH HUMPER

      I s(W)agg my pants all day every day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brad.pike Brad Pike

      That's Texas for ya. Yeeha. Everything's bigger here, especially our contempt for minorities

      • Teukros

        I didn't know how one wears his pants can determine whether he's a minority or not.  Good Lord.

    • ObliqueFetalFatal

      Continuing the trend of cultural oppression, the words Facebook and Twitter are now banned on French television and radio.

      http://matthewfraser-thismuchi

    • http://twitter.com/rhodeislander rhodeislander

      Welcome to life in the city, whitey. The only thing remarkable about this story is how late Texas is the party of banning sagging drawers in various public places (the upper Midwest and rust belt led the way).

    • Mlw

      “The saggy pants look has been around for more than a decade, tracing its roots to prison attire because inmates are not issued belts. It spread to the rap and hip-hop music community, and from there became a popular symbol of freedom and cultural awareness for many young people.”

      I call bullshit. Inmates used the sag to invite sexual relations, hip hop was lazy, and freedom? Cultural awareness? Such bullshit, conformity and self centeredness? More then likely.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shewit.zerai Shewit Zerai

      Actually, New York also pushed for a ban on saggy pants, but the judge ultimately deemed it distasteful, not unlawful. 

      Being that I am lacking in the swag department, not being able to sag my pants won't affect me. Although I don't like the idea of being told how I can/can't dress, but at the same time, it's not like it's illegal. You just can't get on the bus, which is technically city property.

      • http://www.facebook.com/gregpphoto Greg Petliski

        No its public property paid for by U.S. tax dollars.

    • hhwhj
    • http://www.facebook.com/gregpphoto Greg Petliski

      Honestly, who cares? Its Texas.. do people even go there?

      • Spaceymcfly

        Yeah people go to Texas dumbass and yes I do sag my pants but I’m also in school for a business administration degree. It’s just part of our culture of being young, black and urban. As long as women can wear skirts that show straight ass cheeks then we can sag. Is called a trend people they come and they go wether you like it or not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gregpphoto Greg Petliski

      OH! Can't resist.. it gives new meaning to the word “Tex-ass”

    • http://twitter.com/Lauren_AW Lauren Williamson

      I find it hard to link the wearing of Burkas to sagging pants.  Your argument reeks of fallacies: laziness, selective observation, and extended analogy.

      Not sure what else to make of this, other than the fact that I'm not surprised to see someone from Seattle acting pretentious. 

      • Teukros

        Thank goodness for you and your comment.

    • http://twitter.com/missemmamm Mary

      I personally dislike the look but lots of people need to ride the bus. It seems ridiculous that young men have to go out and buy a new wardrobe to do so.

      • Nariakc

        they just need to buy a belt.

      • http://twitter.com/luxoj Luxurious Josh

        They don't have to buy anything except maybe a belt. Pull your pants around your waist when you ride the bus. You can pull them down to your kneecaps again when you get off. Not so hard to understand.

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    • http://twitter.com/luxoj Luxurious Josh

      I can see what they are aiming at only because this sagging shit is out of control. I sag my pants, a little sag can be good. Very small amount of my underware show (which is covered by my tssshirt) and it helps the bean & frank get some moving room. WHat I cannot stand is seeing someone with their pants around their ankles or sagging so log that the underwear is the most noticeable. I have seen these social rejects having to constantly have one hand on their pants to keep them up. THAT is fucking retarded.

      Oh well, let them sag like that it makes it easier for cops to chase these people down when they run from them.

    • Scottie

      Definitely no racism here …

    • http://phmadore.com P. H. Madore

      Scrumdiddle.

    • Maryam

      While we're banning fashions that bus riders don't like to look at, I vote that we outlaw khaki pants and golf shirts, especially when they're worn together.  We also need to ban cropped pants, designer purses with ostentatious labels, orange tans, overgrown weaves, and blue eyeshadow.  Why?  Because I hate 'em and don't wanna look at 'em.

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