View Full Version : Can someone explain the rationale behind "low" pants? Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil straightdope. Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks. Subject pretty much covers the question. I'm sure anyone near an urban area has seen it. Younger people wearing jeans and shorts very low - low enough that you can see their underwear, sometimes so low you'd think they'd trip and fall over them. Other than "street cred", what is the reasoning behind this fashion choice? I think I one time heard it was an attempt to "mimic" the prison population who supposedly didn't get belts and received ill-fitting clothing It's fashion, it doesn't need to make sense.
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Gene Demby. Plenty of fashions adopted by young people get under the skin of adults, but the opposition to sagging often has the feel of a moral panic. The council member from Ocala, Fla. It became law in July. The rationale behind the ban enacted last year in Wildwood, N. Pikeville, Tenn. The mayor even pointed to a study from a Dr. Mark Oliver Mansbach of the National American Medical Association that supposedly found that around 8 in 10 saggers suffered from sexual problems like premature ejaculation. This isn't merely the hobbyhorse of small-town politicos — no less a figure than President Obama has weighed in on sagging. And, you know, some people might not want to see your underwear — I'm one of them.
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CNN For years, we've watched them waddle in front of us like tipsy penguins, hitching their flopping pants up as they shuffled along. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos The fall of the sagging pants trend Some saggers dropped their pants down just below their waist, giving us just a glimpse of their butt cheeks. Others went full-on sag, tying their pants mid-thigh, a sartorial maneuver that made them "look like they were pooping themselves while they walked," one critic observed. There was, of course, a backlash. City councils passed "droopy drawers" laws, punishing men for wearing their pants too low. Saggers were booted off airline flights and buses.