Monday, October 25, 2010

Italian seaside town planning miniskirt ban

A seaside city in Italy is planning to ban miniskirts and other revealing clothing to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency. Castellammare di Stabia is trying to be the latest location in Italy to make use of new powers to crack down on what is deemed to be anti-social behaviour. Mayor Luigi Bobbio said the regulations would help "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence".

Offenders would face fines of between 25 $35 and 500 euros $696.

..."Nothing too revealing" is the new policy Mayor Bobbio wants to enforce, says the BBC's Duncan Kennedy in Rome. That means a tough new dress code which would effectively outlaw everything from miniskirts to low-cut jeans when people walk around Castellammare di Stabia, our correspondent adds. Mr Bobbio, from the centre-right People of Freedom party, says he wants to target people who are "rowdy, unruly or simply badly behaved".

There will also be a ban on sunbathing, playing football in public places, and blasphemy, if the proposals are approved at a council meeting on Monday.

"I think it's the right decision," a local parish priest, Don Paulo Cecere, told the Cronache di Napoli newspaper. "It's also a way of combating the rise in sexual harassment." Castellammare di Stabia is latest city to make use of the extra powers handed down by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government to mayors, in the effort to fight crime and confront anti social behaviour.

via BBC News - Italian seaside town planning miniskirt ban.

I don't get it. What's anti-social about miniskirts, sunbathing, playing football in public places and blasphemy? I'd imagine  these are things the majority of Italians do when socializing.

1 comment:

ZombieMuffin said...

I don't think there's anything wrong with this idea. Look at the photo! That's not even a dress, it's a shirt!
If they want to make a compromise, rather than banning them outright (which will just anger people) they should create a length requirement. At most schools with looser dress codes, skirts and shorts are supposed to be at least to you fingertips when your hands are at your sides.
It IS kind of ridiculous how women wear such skimpy clothes and then complain that they are being objectified by men.
Put on pants, leggings, ANYTHING!