Personal Taste Vs. Personal Freedoms? What Does Texas Think?

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In an interesting move and one that has generated some discussion amongst its Texas followers, KXXV Central Texas News Now posted a discussion point to its Facebook page for debate. They wanted to know if sagging pants should be banned in Texas.

Based on a bill that was recently introduced to the South Carolina State Floor, asking “…to amend the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding this section…” the discussion proved an interesting one, with Texans weighing in on both sides of the issue. Not merely considered an issue of image, or of personal offense, if approved in South Carolina, “…the violators would be penalized by being denied, suspended, or have revoked their participation in financial aid and scholarships at state colleges and universities. Fines would also be assessed to violators.”

Personal Taste Vs. Personal Freedoms? What Does Texas Think?

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Surprisingly, there was already precedence set in that state, whereby the Timmonsville, South Carolina town council passed a 2016 ordinance that banned sagging pants. Citing integrity and self-respect as the impetus, the town “…would not allow the wearing of sagging pants such that undergarments are ‘intentionally displayed.’” Follower discussions on the KXXV Central Texas News Now Facebook page ranged from personal taste to wearer’s lack of self-esteem, to simple freedoms (such as choosing how you wish to dress.) At the time this article was written, there were 512 reactions to the post, 68 comments, and 10 shares.

Personal Taste Vs. Personal Freedoms? What Does Texas Think?

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In February of 2016, updated again in February of 2017, Huffington Post released an article titled “How Clothing Choices Affect and Reflect Your Self-Image.” Backed by scholarly sources, studies, and published, professional coaching opinions, the article cites that scientists have determined that an actual phenomenon exists, called “enclothed cognition” whereby “Your style and the clothes you choose reflect and affect your mood, health, and overall confidence.” That being said, the concept of enlisting laws to ensure that our population doesn’t self-sabotage through their choice of wardrobe may seem a little extreme. What are your thoughts?

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