Miniskirt Ban In An Italian Seaside Town Drew Protests

By on Oct 26, 2010 in Europe, International, Politics, Weird, World Comments

Mini skirtThe mayor of a seaside city in Italy plans to ban miniskirts and other revealing clothing to make better his so-called standards of public decency.

Castellammare di Stabia wants to crack down on what is deemed to be anti-social behavior. It would help “restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence”, Mayor Luigi Bobbio was quoted saying.

Bobbio, who was elected on Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party ticket, won a vote to ban clothing considered “very short” at a council meeting last night. Bobbio explained that “very short” meant wearing miniskirts that did not fully cover their underwear. “The display of too much cleavage will also earn a fine,” added a spokesman.

A fine that costs between 25 ($35) and 500 euros ($696) will be given to offenders.

While the city council, which approved the proposal, voted on the issue, a group of women politicians held a protest in front of the city hall on Monday.

In a statement, the organizers of the protest said that “the Bobbio administration is male chauvinist. This town does need decorum, but not the decorum that is measured by a tape measure held against women’s clothing.”

“By equating women’s clothing with urban decorum, this measure implies women are no more than benches or hedges,” councilor Angela Cortese said.

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