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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Getting Unruly Thighs and Cleavage Under Control

If you were planning a trip to Italy in the near future, leave you mini-skirts, low rise jeans, and deep V-necks at home, or they might be more expensive to wear than they were to buy.

The Mayor of Castellmmare Di Stabia, Italy,  Luigi Bobbio, plans to ban mini-skirts, lowrise jeans, and too much cleavage in an effort to "restore public decorum" and rid the town of "rowdy, unruly" behavior.  According to the BBC, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has granted new powers to mayors accross Italy in an effort to fight crime and confront anti-social behavior.

Now while I'll grant that for most women over 40, wearing a mini-skirt is a crime, I have trouble seeing mini-skirts and excess cleavage exposure as anti-social behavior.  I've always thought that any woman wearing a mini-skirt and flaunting generous amounts of cleavage was probably a very social being (as in "Come and get it, Baby!").


The "flaunting" fines vary from $42 to $700 in U.S. Dollars, so if you're planning a trip there and mini-skirts are in your wardrobe, be prepared to pay the piper!


I would be curious to see how they plan to enforce this code.  It smacks of the old parochial school days when girls were made to kneel, and if their skirts did not touch the floor, they were sent home to change their clothes.  Will a "Drop and Kneel"  order be issued to suspected offenders?

Then there's the "too much cleavage" ban.  Who determines how much cleavage is too much?    Will a ruler be inserted between the breasts and  a mark on said ruler be the indicator of what is allowed?  ( I think my husband would come out of retirement for that job!) 

I can be convinced that after a certain age, any exposed cleavage is too much--that's just my opinion.  But a ban on all cleavage will make for some strange-looking swimsuits.  Whoops, that doesn't matter, because Bobbio wants to ban sun-bathing, too.

Other mayors across Italy are talking about banning sandcastles, kissing in cars, wooden clogs, feeding stray cats, using lawn mowers on weekends, and playing soccer in public parks, all of which I guess are deemed antisocial and rowdy activities.  Man, those kids building sandcastles...you gotta' watch them before things get out of hand!  First thing you know, they'll be building moats, sand cannons, and who knows where that will lead?  Anarchy, for certain! And feeding stray cats--why those cats may decide to expose their cleavage, and then where would we be???

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24 comments:

Steven Anthony said...

I actually agree about the low rise jeans...but cleavage...I say we need more ;)

Kristina P. said...

How do they feel about being topless?

Helene said...

I think there should be a world-wide ban on those baggy pants that all the young thugs are wearing...you know, the ones that practically hang down to their knees, as their underwear are fully exposed for all to see.

It's the stupidest look I've ever seen!!!

loveable_homebody said...

This is total victim blaming! Usually men who harass and do other nasty things to women are the ones committing the "rowdy behaviour," no, I mean at least in cases where scantily clad women are involved?

Instead of faulting women and reducing their freedoms, why not reprimand and discipline people who harass and do other nasty things to some women or commit crime in general. I hardly think women's dress is to blame for Italy's social ills. And what crimes (some perhaps debatable as crimes) does he suppose women's dress causes or contributes to? Cat calling? Maybe they cause traffic accidents by being distracting? Or seriously, perhaps women are even being blamed for sexual assaults and the like.

I wouldn't be surprised if the PM says that by dressing or acting a certain way, the women are "asking for it," or that some men can't help but be jerks to women dressed a certain way or that society would be better (crime would go down) if women just dressed better. This is disgusting and beyond ignorant and sexist.

Martha Ruth said...

I went to parochial school, but our nuns didn't use the drop & kneel method. Instead, we had to stand perfectly straight with our hands to our sides and if our uniform skirts were anywhere above the tip of our middle finger, we were sent home and not allowed to return to school until we had the appropriate skirts. If you were one of the tall gangly sort with freakishly long arms, you were screwed.

But it wasn't usually necessary to send a girl home because most of us just had them rolled up at the waist a bit. A quick trip to the girl's room and you were all set. You could go for your recheck and then about 20 minutes later, go back to the restrooms and roll it back up. (til next time, anyway)

After a little while, they caught on and played a nasty trick on us by changing to new uniforms to a style where the skirt was replaced by either trousers or a "skort". Ever try to roll up a skort? Not very comfortable, if you catch my drift.... ;~)

My name is PJ. said...

If they find out he's smoking crack in his office, then what?!

Brian Miller said...

where thie hurts the most is i am actually a fan of clog wearing, sandcastle building cleavage showing ladies...and thought we only saw them in the hills of VA...

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I recently heard of a new bra that lifts and SEPARATES to avoid the "cleave" between the breasts. Maybe the mayor has shares in the company producing them??
Rosemary

DJan said...

But then what would happen to all the Wal-Mart beauties? Do they have Wal-Marts in Italy? It's interesting about feeding the stray cats: when I visited Rome, I learned that there are thousands of feral cats that are fed by strangers. It's a custom of some sort to put out a bowl that you regularly replenish.

Vodka Logic said...

Wow sounds like the blue laws are back... and of all places Italy the land of lovers.

JEN said...

It is amazing the different laws/rulesome places have....whatever happened to dress codes in schools....most anything goes !!!

SherilinR said...

what is up with the stupid laws? i once stopped going to a church because they banned tank tops in the sanctuary as well as any form of food or drinks, including bottles for babies.
and for some of us busty ladies, we'd just about need a turtle neck to eliminate cleavage all together.

David Waters said...

universal healthcare...I say universal dress code;)

natalee said...

Oh sweet Jesus... Obviously my Italian Jersey family can never move back to our homeland.... (Have you seen housewives of nj???)lol

glnroz said...

and all this is supposed to be "anti-social" behavior.. humm I think just the opposite,, reckon?

Claudia said...

i'm about to plan a trip to italy next summer..i'm not as far away from that country as you are..but now that i have to leave my mini skirts at home....smiles

Kristy said...

OMG, I think that is ridiculous to pass a law about that! It makes me wonder what HIS problem is exactly??? Some kind of closet deviant or something. :)

Joann Mannix said...

I have no idea how they are going to enforce that. I've been to Italy. The women over there dress more provocatively than almost any other country in the world. And quite frankly, it's a beautiful thing. Wow. That smacks of scary things. And have you met an Italian woman? Good luck telling them they have to cover up.

LambAround said...

Oh my! What a crazy thing to try to police.

dogimo said...

What's next? The veil? Burqa by Armani?

dogimo said...

That's it. I'm moving to Italy to become a police officer.

(I had two totally incompatible comments spring to mind, so I went ahead and posted both! sorry)

The Retired One said...

Don't you find it odd that there is very little mention of MEN's restrictions when it comes to clothing?
First thing on my list? They need to arrest anyone in those nerdy, awful polyester suits or pinstripe suits. LOL

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: You would! lol

Jen: We mustn't stifle their creativity or their personalities!

Glen: That was my feeling, exactly!

MissNeira said...

I cant believe they would actually try to enforce that..thats crazy

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Miss Neira