Thursday, August 25, 2011

Saggy Pants Trends

I saw this post on FB today and had to further investigate:
"To all you idiots who "sag" your pants and show your butt and underwear....did you know it originated in prison? It was a signal to the other MEN that you are "available". So if you wanna keep going around looking like your "available" for another dude to "tap that"... then keep thinking your cool while I think you look like a Tool!!! BTW they call it PBS (Prison Bitch Syndrome) :) repost if u think this is funny!!! ..............AND PULL UP YOUR DAMN PANTS!!!!! Fez Thinks it "
So I googled a few sources, blogs, research, definitions and chat board discussions. From which I pulled these tidbits of testimony to the trend.

(how I love you) Says

Origin - Lee D. Baker, Dean of Academic Affairs at Duke University, states that it is widely believed that sagging was adopted from the United States prison system where belts are prohibited.[3]Belts are sometimes prohibited to keep prisoners from using them as weapons or in committing suicide by hanging themselves.[4][5] The style was later popularized by hip-hop[4] It has since become a symbol of freedom and cultural awareness among many youths[6] or a symbol of their rejection of the values of mainstream society.[7] artists in the 1990s.

Sandra E Graham also agrees with this definition in her post
The Origin and Purpose for the Baggy, Saggy Pants (Mens/Boys) Fashion

And this special Chart depicting fines for saggy pants:

And a past Inmate tells us here - that "sagging" in fact has nothing to do with the belt, and everything to do with being "available" to other men.

On sagging is much further defined and researched, to include both theories of sagging stemming from the badly fashioned prison garb and the gay prison population expressing availability.

So them's the loose facts of the day kids. I learned something new!

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