Banning pajamas in public

Who hasn’t driven their kids to school in pajamas? Raise your hand if you’re guilty.

But if you haven’t noticed, pajamas, especially the bottoms, have become somewhat of a casual fashion statement in this country.

Tweens, teens and college kids wear them, and not just to bed. To class, to the mall, around town, and some even try to get away with it at school. And they’re not alone. Adults find night clothing to be acceptable out in public, too.

The argument goes something like this: they’re comfortable, they’re  modest, they’re easy because you’re already wearing them, and they’re not hurting anybody. And if folks are allowed to wear sweat pants, why not flannel PJs?

This trend has officials in some parts of this country appalled and wanting to take drastic action.Shreveport, Louisiana, for instance, is entertaining an ordinance that would prohibit the wearing of pajamas in public, defining pajamas as clothing purchased in the sleepwear department. According to the Shreveport Times, the city already has a ‘no saggy’ law, which prohibits the wearing of pants below the waistline.

The ACLU has already jumped into the fray, claiming that such a ban would violate the spirit of the Fourteenth amendment, which prohibits state and local governments from depriving persons of life, liberty, or property without certain steps being taken to ensure fairness.


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