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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:29 PM

French Government Strikes Down 200-Year-Old Pants Ban for Women

Source: PRI's The World

BY TRACI TONG ⋅ FEBRUARY 4, 2013


Ladies of Paris no longer have to fear being arrested for wearing pants. A 200-year-old law preventing Parisian women from wearing trousers, has been struck from the books.

The law was passed in November 1800 prohibited Parisian women from “dressing like a man” unless she received permission from the local police.

Host Marco Werman talks with New York Times’ Paris-based Elaine Sciolino, who credits the new Socialist government under President Francois Hollande with the law’s revocation.

Scoliono says the there had been attempts to modify the law in 1892 and 1909 that would have allow women to wear trousers if they were holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse.

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Read more: http://www.theworld.org/2013/02/france-pants-ban-women/

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Reply French Government Strikes Down 200-Year-Old Pants Ban for Women (Original post)
cbayer Feb 2013 OP
Mass Feb 2013 #1
Lasher Feb 2013 #2
tanyev Feb 2013 #3
pampango Feb 2013 #4
RebelOne Feb 2013 #5
rocktivity Feb 2013 #6
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #7
cbayer Feb 2013 #8
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #9
cbayer Feb 2013 #10
CTyankee Feb 2013 #11
cbayer Feb 2013 #13
CTyankee Feb 2013 #15
Nika Feb 2013 #22
MADem Feb 2013 #12
cbayer Feb 2013 #14
MADem Feb 2013 #24
One_Life_To_Give Feb 2013 #19
MADem Feb 2013 #23
The Second Stone Feb 2013 #16
u4ic Feb 2013 #17
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #18
Nye Bevan Feb 2013 #20
muriel_volestrangler Feb 2013 #21

Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:31 PM

1. LOL. Parisians will have learned something.

I doubt anybody was aware of this law.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:42 PM

2. Nekkid from the waist down?

Well OK, but I think wimmin should be able to cover up if they want to.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:47 PM

3. Vive la pantaloons!

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 05:48 PM

4. "...who credits the new Socialist government under President Francois Hollande with the law’s

revocation."

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:01 PM

5. In the 1960s, I worked at a large land development company in Miami

that would not allow women to wear pants. I started a petition to allow women to wear pants. There were so many signatures that the company relented and allowed women to wear pants.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:04 PM

6. What's French for

CUE THE VONAGE THEME!

And before you start laughing at them, remember that interracial marriage wasn't completely legal in America until 1968.


rocktivity

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:12 PM

7. Article fails to mention the last time the law was actually invoked.

Sounds more like they're having a sort out of redundant laws. We may still have old laws in place in the the UK under the Hackney Carriage Act which covers taxis which dictate that licensed taxis carry straw and the drivers are allowed to piss against the offside road wheel.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:19 PM

8. They did talk about it in the radio piece.

There has been some issues brought up, particularly with women working in legislative positions, though no arrests or anything like that.

The woman who promoted the repeal made the point there shouldn't be a law like this which could be enforced and that it was getting more attention now because it had become attached somewhat to GLBT civil rights issues.

I think the bottom line was that it could be used to discriminate and needed to go for that reason alone.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:26 PM

9. Odd really

that Sarkosy never mentioned it to Mrs Clinton.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:29 PM

10. Lol. I think Mrs. Clinton probably scared the daylights out of Mr. Sarkosy.

He seems attracted to an entirely different type of woman, lol.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:40 PM

11. I think she'd have that effect on me! You too, probably!

Oh, man...

The French are "different," ya know!

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:45 PM

13. I would love to have a drink with her, but I wouldn't want to get on her bad side,

that's for sure.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #13)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:48 PM

15. you are right about that, cbayer, I wouldn't either...oy...

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:19 PM

22. Viva la difference

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:41 PM

12. Could this law be the reason that the fashion houses invented those rather ugly "culottes?"

What an odd law, that!

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Response to MADem (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:47 PM

14. When I was young (about to show my age), we were not permitted to wear pants

in school. That was US school. We used to wear them under our skirts when it got really cold, then take them off when we got to school.

As I recall, culottes gave us our *in* to begin changing those rules. They gained great popularity as they become ok to wear.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:51 PM

24. Ah, yes...."dress codes!"

Ladies: Dresses or Skirts and blouses; Lads: shirt and tie and sweater or jacket, and dress trousers. No SNEAKERS!!!

The children of today couldn't imagine it, I'm sure--even the kids who go to "uniform" schools have uniforms that consist of khakis or jeans (pants or shorts) and polo shirts!

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Response to MADem (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:02 PM

19. Not like our Ban on tomatoes in Chowder

ordinance declares goatees illegal unless you first pay a special license fee for the privilege of wearing one in public.
All men must carry a rifle to church on Sunday.
A woman can not be on top in sexual activities.

http://www.dumblaws.com/laws/united-states/massachusetts

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Response to One_Life_To_Give (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 05:48 PM

23. They oughta start collecting on that goatee tax--they won't have to raise any other taxes!

Tomatoes in chowdah? SACRILEGE!!!!!!

No beer for patients in hospitals? How is anyone gonna get any BETTAH?


At a wake, mourners may eat no more than three sandwiches.
Ha--that's unenforceable!

And this one has been overtaken by events, too--I know that Plymouth County packies are open on Sun...I went to one a few weeks ago!

Massachusetts liquor stores can only open on Sundays if they are in Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Middlesex or Worcester counties and are within 10 miles of the Vermont or New Hampshire borders.



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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:04 PM

16. Somone alert George Sand

so we can get this started.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 09:25 PM

17. Hmmm...wonder if being a foreigner helped me in 1986

I wore pants during most of the two weeks I was in Paris.

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Response to u4ic (Reply #17)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 10:59 AM

18. I began wearing pants when I had babies. Mini skirts were in style..and who wants to keep bending

over while holding babies and picking up toys in a mini skirt? Not me! I've been wearing pants ever since. I don't have one skirt or dress in my closet...just a couple full length dresses for very special occasions...like being mother of the bride.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 12:31 PM

20. Well I for one do NOT think women should be allowed to wear

200-year-old pants.

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Response to cbayer (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:40 PM

21. Sounds like it was a plot to get them to change into trousers in public

next to their bicycles or horses ...

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