Justin Bieber perpetuates the trend of sagging pants (Society’s Slideshow)

Within the last 30 years, it used to be an embarrassment to have someone see your underwear.  Recently Teen idol Justin Bieber proved that is no longer the case. He was photographed at the 15th annual Wango Tango Festival wearing his jeans at an all-time low, exposing his underwear and what looks suspiciously like a wedgie. (http://music.yahoo.com/photos/wango-tango-2012-slideshow/)

Either he forgot his belt, or he is just another victim of the fashion crime known as sagging pants.

Thanks to Bieber’s latest fashion stunt, it will most likely find its way into junior high schools and possibly even elementary schools again. I’m sure every elementary teacher is just thrilled with the proposition of walking into work and seeing jeans bunched up around students’ ankles and Spiderman Underoos around their waist.

Apparently, none of those kids realize how silly they look marching around in pants two sizes too big. They certainly are not aware of the looks of contempt cast in their direction when they have to hike their pants up every few steps to avoid a complete fashion meltdown.

I suppose we should be grateful that having your pants fall completely down is still considered embarrassing.

Many a teacher has tried to make students who sag their pants revert to using a belt with speeches about the history of sagging pants. They tell their students that it originated in prisons due to ill fitting pants and the fact that none of the prisoners are allowed to have belts to prevent suicides.

They sometimes try to embarrass them with the idea that sagging pants past your buttocks was a signal used by gay prostitutes during the days of anti-sodomy laws to show other gay men they were available.

In both cases, the students generally return a blank look and say “That’s not why we do it.” When pressed for the real reason why, they generally cite comfort or the fact that its gaining popularity among many people.

Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I see nothing comfortable about having to hike my pants up every few steps in order to keep them from falling down. I also fail to see the comfort in the way some pants-saggers choose to walk in an attempt to replace having to hike their pants up every few steps.

In terms of fashion, I fail to see what is fashionable about showing everyone the color of your underwear. I also fail to see what is fashionable about making people think that your pants are on the verge of falling off.

Regardless of the rumored history of pants sagging, or the reasons that today’s youth think that it is in vogue, sagging pants does send a message to the public and future employers. However, that message is not “Look at how cool I am” despite what today’s youth think.

The message sent to the public is: “Hey, I don’t care enough about myself to pull my pants all the way up. I don’t care if you see my undies, that I have to walk with my feet a yard apart, or that I have to hike my pants up every minute or so.”

Employers receive a nearly identical message. The perceive sagging pants as a lack of self-respect, and possibly as a rejection of social conventions about what makes a person look presentable. The image will not be of a potential professional seeking to make his way in the world, but one of a disdain for social norms which might translate to a disdain of company dress code which requires all people wear their pants at waist level.

Given the current state of our economy, it might behoove pants sagging youth across America to buy a cheap belt, lest they should risk persistent unemployment if they continue to sag their pants into adulthood.

I will grant that the fashion rules for the music industry are different than for every day nine to five professionals. However, today’s youth need to realize that just because Justin Bieber and others can get away with sagging their pants on stage doesn’t mean that the manager at McDonald’s will think it’s cool.

Celebrities who sag their pants publicly should devote themselves to being better role models for today’s youth. They will most certainly be able to maintain their “professional look” as a performer while at the same time sending a message that teens and adults alike should give a hoot about their appearance.

 

4 Responses to “Justin Bieber perpetuates the trend of sagging pants (Society’s Slideshow)”

  1. Alexis says:

    I hate most societal norms-you know the ones that say irrelevant things like women past a certain age shouldn’t wear short skirts or people shouldn’t have purple hair. I don’t think Bieber is a bad role model by showing off a little bit of ass. Kids aren’t stupid. They know they have to dress differently for their boss than they do for playtime. And if they’re smart kids, they’ll realize with a little hard work and entrepreneurial spirit they can avoid the whole corporate bs/slave to the wage crap and become their own boss and dress however the hell they please. Live and let live:)

  2. Dave says:

    Perhaps. I will concede that anyone with an idea and capital can start a business and make their own rules.

    By the same token, I can’t even count the number of people I have seen walk up to a place of business to apply for a job with their pants sagging. Their application wound up at the back of the file, and was removed to the trash after the 90 days the company promised to keep the application on file.

    I don’t believe in many social norms, either. However, many kids today see the line between playtime and work time as extremely blurred, especially in schools where they are supposed to be learning the basic knowledge necessary to develop their entrepreneurial spirit. If we can’t drive it through their head that play time and work time are separate things, why would they suddenly change their ways as an adult?

  3. Ran says:

    I love when Justin shows his chest and panties. But this time we see his trim hair pad and it is one gorgeous male triangle. Now…what next?

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