They may take our lives. But they will never take our yoga pants!
This past Tuesday, Montana state Rep. David Moore introduced an indecent exposure bill which would include “garments that give the appearance of a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple.” He stated afterwards that, “Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” a statement that Moore has now claimed was a joke. He further claimed that he would not take issue with people being arrested for wearing overly provocative clothing, such as tight-fitting beige garments.The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to table the bill. Currently, three convictions of indecent exposure in Montana can result in sentences of life in jail and up to $10,000 in fines.
|Jen Selter – Belfie Queen|
Yoga pants have become incredibly popular over the past five years. Up until now, they may have been one of the least polarizing topics in all of the US. They are comfortable for women and quite aesthetically pleasing for men. It is fair to say that in the unlikely event that such a bill were to pass, it would not bode well for the re-election odds of those who voted in favor. No matter how “libertarian” one may or may not consider him or herself to be, it is fair to say that proposals like these are able to illicit visceral reactions from nearly everyone against such government paternalism.
As libertarians, we can use this more simple and understandable issue to draw parallels to other modern-day political topics. How is there any real difference between government telling people what they can wear and what they can eat, as the FDA does? How is it any different from mandating approval for consumption of certain drugs, like birth control and Sudafed, and in other cases prohibiting certain drugs altogether? Examining even further, how is policing of wardrobes any different from restricting how much of one’s own pay is actually issued to that worker, through automatic withholding?
It may seem far-fetched to connect all of these concepts, but through American culture, we all have a certain desire for liberty. It is for this reason that the concept of “liberty” is so often a theme on political campaigns, either implicitly or explicitly. While what happens after elections is a completely separate matter, politicians generally know that “liberty” wins votes.