Italian Town Considering Miniskirt Ban

Posted Oct 22nd 2010 11:27 AMUpdated Oct 22nd 2010 11:44 AM


A seaside town in Southern Italy is considering a ban on women wearing miniskirts and other revealing outfits.

The ban, proposed by the mayor of Castellammare di Stabia, would also cover outfits that show too much cleavage and low-rise jeans.

Mayor Luigi Bobbio says the restrictions would "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence" in the town near Naples.

He has asked the local council to approve a measure that includes fines of $35 to $696 for offenders.

The mayor's initiative is being backed by the local parish priest.

''I think it's the right decision,'' Don Paolo Cecere tells the Cronache di Napoli newspaper. ''It's also a way of combating the rise in sexual harassment."

Bobbio's plan also includes bans on blasphemous language and playing soccer in the town's public parks.

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So we should allow sexual harassment to continue because women deserve it? I've been followed and catcalled on streets wearing jeans and a turtleneck, I've been the victim of sexual assault three times and every time I was wearing appropriate attire and behaving chastely. Clothing and behavior has nothing to do with sexual harassment and everything to do with the fact that it remains acceptable because, hey, if it happens to her, she asked for it.

October 24 2010 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"What the hell do residential rental rates in California have to do with sexual predators in a suburb of Napoli?"-----------

Perhaps they are lamenting the fact that the increased rents make it difficult if not impossible for most sexual predators to continue living in their area and are unable to afford to commute ? It's tough when you can't find a predator when you want one.

October 24 2010 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gary Mayer

I've been everywhere and found Naples to be the dirtiest city on earth. I realize this small town is only near Naples. In Napoli, people throw their garbage out the tenement windows forming large piles. I had my picture taken next to one. A man tried to sell my traveling partner and I a Uzzi; another tried to trade his 12 year old daughter's body for a carton of American cigarettes. We declined.

Naples and surrounding area are slums; the least of their problems is mini-skirts.

October 24 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey KC, don't you know that alcohol is a drug? The only difference is it is a legal one

October 24 2010 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aboona Joe

I'm a priest and this is the craziest, craziest idea I've heard in a long time and a long line of crazy ideas! It's just ridiculous! What EXACTLY does the mayor and the local pastor expect to accomplish by such a stupid law? Can you BELIEVE it? In ITALY?! BAN SOCCER IN THE LOCAL PARKS???!!! [Gotcha!!!]

October 24 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She looks like ten pound of sugar in a five pound running back legs.

October 24 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG is this the same Italy that produced Loren and have got to be kidding me...alltheir statutes are NECKED...and they are worrying about a little skin showing...Shame on you Italy wassup????

October 24 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Reggie Wagstaff

Require miniskirts and Brazilians. Make the world a better place!!!

October 24 2010 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Angie, you're a pig. Seriously. My boys have Asperger's and don't behave like this. They are intellectually well above average and place high in all of their classes. Plus they are gentlemen. I hope you walk in front of a bus or meet some other equally violent end.

October 24 2010 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Reggie Wagstaff

If your boys are intellectually above average and behave well, they don't have Asperger's Syndrome. Give some thought to the chance that you are making excuses for them not being achievement-oriented. Also give some thought to the chance that you're a bad parent and your boys are trouble-makers. See how it takes all kinds?

October 24 2010 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Roland C. Woodaka

What? Eliminate one more pleasure in life? Note that those who are leading the call for banning mini
skirts are the older ones who have always felt nervous
at viewing the most of beautiful women! Strangely,
young men in the main, scarcely look at them! That is because they are accustomed to the baring of the women's charms. In fact, if everybody went around
stark naked, nobody would even notice it after a while
and all kinds of sexually related crimes would drop down to near nothing! And THAT's the truth!Roland C. Woodaka

October 24 2010 at 12:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply