I’m not sure where and when the ‘droopy drawers’ fashion statement began. I mean, when I was in high school we wore our jeans low-slung but we didn’t flash our skivvies at all and sundry in a highly disagreeable manner. We tucked our shirts in.
Some say it started with skateboarders. Fair enough. Many distasteful elements of contemporary society can be ascribed to rampant ‘skateboardism’, so why not saggy strides?
My concern with the ‘look’ is twofold: 1) It’s stupid and 2) it’s highly disagreeable to the observer.
It seems to be a largely male domain. Would I object if females shared their undertogs with the rest of the world? I take that back, they also do; especially thong-wearers. Yet, somehow that is different I once watched a young mom tending to the needs of her toddler by squatting down to his level – and displaying virtually half her bum crack. I thought of alerting the store manager about this affront to public decency, but refrained. Y’know.
So, I must bear that in mind when I read entries on Facebook decrying the droopy drawers look and wanting to see it banned from the eyes of the public. You see, I am always wary when people call for state interference in areas that are truly none of the state’s fucking business, If horrible taste becomes a crime then I think a lot of folks are going to be locked up.
It starts to enter the realm of anti-scent fanatics who seek flailings for those who dab a drop of Anais-Anais in their cleavage. Or anti-sidestream smoke psychos who want to see smoking relegated to a different universe.
Now, most of the adherents to droopy-drawers are young and the youthful are to be noted for their refusal to comply with normal precepts of acceptability. This is akin to young females in London in the early 1970s miniskirt days who would take pains to actually flash their knickers in public because the panties were part of their fashion statement. Tsk-tsk. Most disagreeable.
I also notice in the TV series Cops most of the apprehended young felons sport the jeans to the knees look, Mere coincidence? Who am I to judge?
And really, is it all much more offensive than geezers who manage to find trousers with really long crotches so they can cinch them up just below the ribcage? Maybe we should just learn to accept that things come and go and some just aren’t worth getting exercised about.