In The News : Inappropriate Fashion

It’s been a mixed time for fashion recently.

A woman said she was briefly removed from an American Airlines flight because her outfit was deemed inappropriate.

Tisha Rowe, a 37-year-old doctor based in Texas, was flying from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami on 30th June when she said a fight attendant told her that they needed to have a word.

“I have a very curvaceous body, and I put my body in bold colours, so you’re going to see it,” Rowe told Business Insider. “But it’s not vulgar. It’s not inappropriate.”

The mother was left humiliated after American Airlines cabin crew forced her to cover up her outfit with a blanket before they would let her back onboard, which she did because her son was getting distressed.

Her offence?

It appears to be either a) being black, b) wearing appropriate clothing for travelling from Jamaica to Florida or c) being curvy.

However, an appropriate need to cover up has been identified, and that’s in the case of the Beijing Bikini which has been banned for being “uncivilised behaviour”.

Men who partially expose their midriff or completely remove their top to deal with summer heat are now targets for the authorities for behaviour that was “seriously affecting the image of the city”.  The punishment is a verbal warning.

Authorities said they planned to crack down on “improper dressing in public places,” which included “shirtlessness” and “wanton exposure of body parts.”  I love the word “wanton”.

They’ve have also posted a long list of other banned behaviours, such as taking off your shoes to air out feet, spitting, queue-jumping and uncivilised dog walking, although it’s unclear with the latter whether they are concerned about the walking of uncivilised dogs or how decent, reasonable dogs are exercised.

I don’t think either Dr Rowe or the men of Jinan should be punished for being inappropriate.  The men, however, should be punished for looking like twits.

 

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