Sunday, October 24, 2010

Let me off the plane!!

Why we fought
Holy Jeebus! Strike Castellammare di Stabia off my vacation list.
A seaside city in Italy is planning to ban miniskirts and other provocative clothing to improve what the mayor calls standards of public decency. 

Castellammare di Stabia is trying to be the latest location in Italy to make use of new powers to crack down on what is deemed to be anti-social behaviour. 

Mayor Luigi Bobbio said the regulations would help "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence".

Offenders would face fines of between 25 ($35) and 500 euros ($696).
Apparently Bobbio missed the several decades during which mini-skirts became very much a normal form of apparel for many women. But, whoa! It gets even more bizaare.
There will also be a ban on sunbathing, playing football in public places, and blasphemy, if the proposals are approved at a council meeting on Monday.
Oh! Worse...
In other places they have banned sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats, wooden clogs and the use of lawn mowers at weekends.
And soon, the whole of Italy will return to its past days of glory as a fragmented feudal kingdom ripe for the picking by Norman knights.
Strike the whole country off my vacation list.

Oh yes... there was this.

"I think it's the right decision," a local parish priest, Don Paulo Cecere, told the Cronache di Napoli newspaper. "It's also a way of combating the rise in sexual harassment."
Of course the local papal vicar would have something to say. Combat sexual harassment? Ohhhh.... vicar, you are in deep shit now. Mini-skirts don't cause sexual harassment - men with the wrong attitude do however. So, now sexual harassment is the fault of women wearing mini-skirts. Hmmm.
Take it away lasses:


West End Bob said...

Well Done, Cap'n, Well Done!

'Cept I'm kinda bummed, as I was seriously considering a trip to Italy next year . . . .

Dave said...

Thanks Bob. Might I recommend southern France? Wine is excellent and the food is great. And you're allowed to build sandcastles!

Beijing York said...

Very reminiscent of Spain in the 70s while Franco was alive.

That Scottish ad is excellent.

Greg said...

Getting rid of miniskirts will stop the sexual harassment.

But if you want to stop rape, you have to go all the way to potato sack.

Where in Saudi Arabia was this again?

Niles said...

Yes, I have to say, my mind went to 'morality squads' on reading this.

Wasn't there an attitude like this in the '30s in Italy as well?

Not just Italy of course. Berlin was a wild and crazy town before certain elements gained power.

Maybe it's just a combination of economic depression and strangely disturbing remarks out of Germany's Merkel that makes me twitch.