Wearers of saggy pants that dip too low could be in violation of city decency standards under an ordinance that moved forward in Evanston Monday night.I think I understand and may agree with what they're trying to do, however, I think there are much more important issues than regulating how a person dresses.
Members of Evanston's Human Services Committee voted in favor of a redefinition of public nudity.
Under the proposed ordinance, nudity would be defined as "the showing of the human male or female genitals, pubic areas or buttocks, or female breasts with less than a full opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple."
Women breast feeding in public are exempt from the definition.
Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste proposed the ordinance in response to a trend among some youth wearing their pants too low.
Jean-Baptiste also expressed concerns about the long-term health effects of saggy pants on wearers as they walk and try to keep their pants hitched up.
The issue first came to the committee's attention in a police report.
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