Tarry for the Nonce

July 26, 2006

Don a Shirt

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 5:19 pm

The UK is considering a ban of topless men.

Now, I assumed that this law was – at its root – a gender equality issue. But that is not the case:

The proposal has been inspired by the least attractive side effect of the heatwave – the tendency of a number of often middle-aged men to go about in nothing more than shorts and trainers.

Proponents claim that these top-doffing males are causing the local economy to sag, because shoppers are discouraged by the “eyesore” of the untoned male form.

As pleased as I am that standards of decorum are being promoted, I would prefer they be spurred by social taboos, rather than legislative sanctions.

Perhaps the UK will next propose standards for “ugliness” and try to remove unattractive people from the streets.



  1. Perhaps the UK will next propose standards for “ugliness” and try to remove unattractive people from the streets.

    The wonderful creeping effect of legislation…

    Comment by Troy — July 28, 2006 @ 10:26 am

  2. My dear mother was rather prudish about men and shirts. Poor daddy liked to sit around the house bare-chested on Sundays. She always grabbed a shirt and made him put it on when guests were at the house. Her control of us boys was absolute and we always wore at least a light T-shirt. Funny though, what she stressed because of modesty, the British officials are considering because of sexual equality and the unsightly appearance of men with hairy ugly chests.

    Here is a similar story to the news item you mention:

    BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The mayor of one Budapest district wants female City Hall staff to wear miniskirts only if they have “completely perfect legs” and the skirts are no shorter than 2-3 centimeters (about 1 inch) above the knee.

    I guess the mayor and other senior officials function as official leg judges. Hey, it sounds perverse, but maybe the British could do something similar. Only guys (and gals?) with attractive tops would be allowed to bare them.

    But who would be the judges? The wives and girlfriends of men would never allow it and men would not like their wives and sweethearts judging the chests of other men…hum, and they would have to be impartial and generally uninvolved with sexual matters…tough call, wait I know, celibate Catholic priests! Where’s my passport, wait, what am I saying? Look at the chests of guys and clergy will be labeled gay. That is no good. But I guess could I check out the gals…hum, no on second thought, forget that…now, where is my schedule book and how soon can I go to Confession.


    Comment by Father Joe — July 30, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

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