Pants Are Now Legal!

by NathalieG on March 5, 2013 - 7:09pm

At the beginning of February, the government of France dropped a law that banned women from wearing pants in that country according to an article in the International Business Times from February 4th.  According to the law, women are now allowed to wear pants after a law enforced in 1799, during the French Revolution, prevented them from doing so for 214 years.  Back then, a women wearing long pants or "dressing like a man" were seen as defiant, so they enforced a law forcing women to ask for "special permission" to wear them.  Even though the Constitution in France has been considering men and women as equal since 1946, the law still had not been removed at the beginning of 2013. 

Even though the law has obviously not been enforced in years, it is discouraging to see that a law like this had not been removed yet.  It had been seen as a waste of time to drop this law in 2010 because it was not being enforced, but shouldn’t it have been important to insure that there were no laws at all that distinguished men and women? After all, equality between sexes is one of the fundamental and most important values for many countries.

A blog post on “hercampus.com" also pointed out that Paris being a fashion capital, still having a law like this was completely ridiculous.