June 12, 2013
In an Associated Press article, Distinguished Professor Ruthann Robson commented on the constitutionality of a proposed law banning anyone on the boardwalk in Wildwood, New Jersey, from wearing pants that sag more than three inches below the hips. The proposed ordinance would also require shoes and shirts on the boardwalk. “Courts have struck down attempts to ban saggy pants if what is exposed is underwear rather than ‘private parts,’” said Robson. “As for municipalities requiring men to wear shirts, at least one federal appellate court has said that is ‘irrational.’”
Prof. Robson teaches in the areas of constitutional law, family law, feminist legal theory, and sexuality and the law. She is the author of many articles in such journals as New York Law School Journal of Human Rights, Albany Law Review, Women’s Rights Law Reporter, Hastings Law Journal, Australian Feminist Law Journal, and Yearbook of New Zealand Jurisprudence. Prof. Robson’s upcoming book, Dressing Constitutionally, will be available August 15, 2013.
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