Alabama Town Goes After Girls' Short Shorts for Equality's Sake

Town proposes banning short shorts, mini skirts, and saggy pants
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2015 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – "I prayed about this; I know that God would not go around with pants down.” That's the reasoning Dadeville City Council member Jimmy Frank Goodman gave when proposing an ordinance banning sagging pants last month, the Alexander City Outlook reports. Now the Alabama town of a few thousand is also considering banning short shorts and miniskirts in the name of gender equality, according to AL.com. "I think for the girls, with these shorts up so high looking like undergarments and dresses so short, I don't want us to be showing favoritism," council member Stephanie Kelley said in support of her proposal to expand the sagging pants ordinance during a council meeting Tuesday.

Goodman says the ordinance is about respect and not giving young people the "wrong impression of what is cool," the Outlook reports. "We have people walking down the street with their hand in front of them holding up their pants," he says. "Then they have the nerve to walk into a place of business and ask for a job." The rest of the council appeared supportive of the ordinance, with one council member saying he has received more positive feedback on the proposed ban than on anything the council has ever done before. AL.com reports the Dadeville city attorney plans to have the ordinance drawn up by the next council meeting. (Elsewhere, a mom's epic review of a halter top her daughter bought on Amazon was a big hit.)

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