25 Oct 2010

Italian city bans miniskirts!?

"A seaside city in Italy is planning to ban miniskirts and other revealing clothing to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency."

Can you  believe this? I read this on the BBC news website today.

Castellammare di Stabia have banned miniskirts to "help restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence" and women will have to pay fines if they wear them. How blinking ridiculous! This is all due to new Italian laws which allow mayors to fight crime and anti-social behaviours. There will also be a ban on sunbathing, playing football in public places, blasphemy, sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wooden clogs and the use of lawn mowers at weekends. Now maybe the BBC have made this news a bit bigger than it really is... the laws haven't been passed yet, but what would happen if they tried to ban these things here?

I have a few thoughts around banning miniskirts:

  1. Surely women should have the freedom to wear whatever they wish? Many people are up in arms due to women in some countries not being allowed to wear certain clothes (OK, so there is a massive difference between putting women in all-covering clothes and making women wear longer skirts) but surely you could argue that this is along the same lines.
  2. Will they measure hem lines in the street like they used to in school?
  3. How do they think this ban will stop sexual harassment? Surely to ban miniskirts will make them MORE sexual when they are seen in other places?
  4. Are shorts to be banned? Shorts are pretty short (hence the name)
  5. Isn't Italy proud to be a centre of fashion (ok, so Milan, but that's Italy) To ban a form of fashion could be quite detrimental to that reputation for being fashionable and chic.

I'd LOVE to know your thoughts on this issue. Do you think it's taking away the women (and men's) rights to wear what they want etc.



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  1. That sounds totally crazy. Crazy Italian Mayor!
    I don't like clogs..but whats the problem with other people wearing them?
    Its going to be like..no smoking inside..ok, I understand..but now the streets are a mess..or..pay more for booze to cut down binges..well, they just get drunk before they go out..
    Obviously not related, and i'm rambling but you know, means well..doesn't work!

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  2. this is ridiculous! is the world moving backwards??

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  3. just read about this on the msn home page, RIDICULOUS!

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  4. i am a boy and i wear miniskirts

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