This archived article was written by: Jasmine Tidwell
The popular style of sagging pants started in the prison system. Prisoners were and are not allowed to have belts because they can be used as weapons. Nor are they allowed to have shoelaces for the same reason.
Since prisoners do not have a way of keeping their pants up, their pants naturally fall below their butts.
However, some prisoners decided to turn it into a code. Prisoners that are homosexual and/or willing to be an inmate’s girlfriend, wear their pants below this butts letting others know they are available.
Eazy E, a gangster rapper from the ‘80s and ‘90s said about women in skirts “for easy access, baby.” So, does sagging your pants mean you are homosexual? No, but if you cross paths with someone who served time in a prison or jail, I would not go bending down within an arms length of them.
In 2004, a school trustee in Dallas, Texas, tried to get the trend banned from schools. A lawmaker in Louisiana proposed a bill that would pose a $175 fine on people caught sagging their pants.
In Dublin, Geo., Mayor Phil Best is signing a law that categorizes “baggy” pants as indecent exposure. Persons convicted of indecent exposure because they are sagging their pants will have to pay a $200 fine.
For those that do not know, according to the law, in order to be charged with indecent exposure you must be caught masturbating, fornicating or urinating in a public place.
So while guys think that they are simply making a fashion statement, others may think and feel that it’s disrespectful. Take the time and really think, how would you feel if your daughter, mother or sister wore their pants below their butts. Would it still be another cool fashion statement?
It is doubtful that guys on campus who sag their pants are trying to attract a member of their same sex. However, that is not what their actions say, their actions say, I am homosexual and would like to be some guy’s girlfriend.
If that is not your intention… then please pull your pants up.