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baggy pants: the moral dilemma of our time

best critique I've yet read of the recent USA Today article on the "nationwide" crackdown on baggy pants.

it'd be a tempest in a teapot if it weren't so repugnantly racist in a national climate where such things seem to be under scrutiny on the one hand and yet tacitly swept under the rug as quickly as possible on the other.


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Oct. 16th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
Though the article says and shows one things. Sweeper pants are also under the "baggy pants" category. I am not sure if the pants have a more accurate name, but I am referring to the giant pants that are worn by the hippie kids that have the huge pockets and are typically like very loose bell bottoms. The students who wear these are predominantly white.

The problem with such pants in school is that they are used to sneak around all sorts of crazy stuff. If you look at the last definition for "street sweepers" in Urban Dictionary, it mentions guns specifically. However, a friend mentioned people sneaking in giant bolt cutters inside the pants into school to steal bikes and stuff in other students lockers. As an undergrad, I saw minors putting decent sized bottles of vodka into the back pockets of their sweeper pants.
Oct. 16th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
there are all sorts of baggy pants, but I think it's somewhat telling that no one is moving to ban the ones the white kids wear, even though they can be used to conceal all sorts of contraband. the gangsta pants under consideration are simply considered a "sign" of some sort of vaguely conceived "bad character." which is, well, silly, except that it's also an alarming sign of fifties-style white uptightness over anything "black" or even "youthful."

I don't know how things are on the east coast but I haven't seen a pair of "raver pants" (that's my own personal term for what you call sweeper pants) in about five years here. the white kids all wear skinny emo pants now.
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
I think you are right. White kids have moved on to emo pants. You are much more likely to see people in the edgy, young college student demographic than I am now; but I remember my friend in NY complaining about the tight pants of the Brooklynites while wondering if it is healthy to do that to your man bits.
Oct. 16th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
That was me.
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