It doesn’t matter which party is in power. There are always knot heads that think everything is government’s business. In this case, it’s a Republican, in of all places, Montana. The Billings Gazette reports:
A Montana legislative panel moved to kill an indecent exposure bill Wednesday after the lawmaker who introduced it said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, which Rep. David Moore introduced Tuesday.
The proposal would have expanded the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple.
The Republican from Missoula said he wouldn’t have a problem with people being arrested for wearing such provocative clothing such as tight-fitting beige garments. Moore also said yoga pants should be illegal.
Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before a voice vote to table it.
During my police days, a fellow officer and I used to joke that the law should give us the authority to issue citations and make arrests for fashion violations, and we yucked it up pointing out various misdemeanors and felonies. But this? Do we really want to give the police authority to stop and arrest women they think might be provocatively dressed? What could possibly have possessed Moore?
Moore and retired professor Walt Hill drafted HB 365 after last year’s Bare as you Dare bicycle event outraged some residents last summer. Fearing that denying organizers an event permit would breach free speech, city officials allowed participants, many of them completely nude, to ride through downtown Missoula on Aug. 17.
I’m sure it was a popular event, and anyone offended simply needed to avoid downtown Missoula for a short time on 08-17-14. At last report, Missoula was undamaged by the exposure/experience. Have you ever noticed, by the way, that the participants in such events tend not to be nubile young women?
In an age where Muslims are working full time to impose their sensibilities on everyone, it’s not a bright idea to buy into the barbaric worldview that reduces women to chattel whose choices in dress render helpless, virtuous men unable to resist the urge to rape.
Thank goodness rationality prevailed, but I used to think Montanans were tougher. Don’t Montana’s legislators have any real work to do?