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Should The U.S. Enforce A Public Dress Code? If So, What Should It Be?

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Host Naimah Latif

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Most adults are fed up with the sagging pants fad. It is vulgar and disgusting, and some places of business have gone so far as to put up signs reading "No sagging". Such measures have been called discriminatory toward youth, particularly black youth who have popularized the look among their peers. But there have been other fashion expressions that have been associated with socially unacceptable behavior. Hoodies have also been banned in some places, seen as a common article of clothing worn by "thugs" or people intending to rob a place. Is this discrimination? After the 911 attack, a large portion of the American public seemed to become hysterical at the sight of anyone appearing to be of the Islamic faith. Women wearing religious head coverings were often harrassed on the street and those wearing face veils inside of stores were asked to take them off or leave the establishment. Can certain clothing be considered an indication that a person is unsafe to be around? Or is this stereotyping? What about standards of dress and public modesty? Should tight leggings that expose the buttocks be banned in public? Should low cut tops exposing cleavage be banned in public? Should the U.S. adopt a public dress code? Or is this an infringement on a constitutional right?