From immortal words of the alternative rock band, Cake: “I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket.” Sorry, Cake, but apparently the Italians do not like their women in the same fashion.
A small seaside town in Italy, Castellammare di Stabi, is putting forth a motion to ban mini skirts and other revealing clothing to improve standards of public decency. Mayor Luigi Bobbio (a name right out of “Scarface”, if you ask me) said the ban would help “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence,” according to BBC.co.uk.
People who decide that the new law can “suck it,” will be facing fines between 25 to 500 Euros. That is approximately between 35 and 688 American dollars for letting your legs breathe on a humid day in subtropical Italy.
There’s something to be said about the freedom of wearing not only a mini skirt, but just a skirt in general. Sure, they’re harder to sit appropriately in, and may not be the most convenient piece of clothing. Yet mini skirts are just too comfortable and cute for walking around town, with the warm breeze caressing your hair and legs. What could be better?
The locals of Castellammare regard the wearing of mini skirts to that of an “anti-social behavior” and, based on those standards, wearing a mini skirt can be considered as psychopathic.
This really doesn’t make sense to me. When I see a girl in a mini skirt, I think about the complete opposite of an anti-social. Obviously, that girl’s got the body (or at least the confidence) to rock that short hemline, and their in the mood to share a glimpse of their bodies with the people they meet.
Of course, a local Italian priest, Don Paulo Cerece (yet another great name), thought it was the “right decision,” and “a way of combating the rise in sexual harassment.” I guess you, Italian mini skirt wearers, are just asking to get harassed, right? Wrong.
Mayor Bobbio was straight-up honest, saying he’s targeting citizens who he deems as “rowdy, unruly, or simply badly behaved.” The whole don’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover theory clearly doesn’t apply to this small, Italian town.
To go along with the ban on sexy attire, there will also be a ban on cleavage-bearing tops and low-rise jeans. I guess if I never have to see a butt-crack-bearing teenager (or worse, a middle-ager), I wouldn’t be too disappointed. Still, though, it seems a bit heinous.
If this were to happen in America, not only will people go farther into debt from revealing clothes bans, but our economy would also sink further down the hole, as thriving stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, Forever 21, and American Apparel would lose millions on the elimination of their signature looks: low-rise jeans, mini skirts, and V-necks. Hopefully, we won’t ever have an American version of Luigi Bobbio come into power in Seattle (or anywhere in America, for that matter).