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[DRAFT] It's Just Swag

Postby Socio Polor » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:24 pm

Title: It’s Just Swag

Description: Sagging has become the number one fashion trend in @@name@@, with many teens and youthful denizens dubbing it "the trend of the decade!" and "the new formal!" However, when high school student @@randommalename@@ came into class with his pants at his knees, many are wondering if this fashion craze is going too far with many considering it borderline nudity.

Validity: Adult, Nudity Is Outlawed and Moderate to High Youth Rebellion (Maybe?)

Option 1: "What has happened to our youth @@leader@@?" questions @@randommalefirstname@@ Urkel with his pants covering his shirt. He approaches you, putting his hands on your shoulder. "This sagging of the pants is all wrong and isn't proper I tell you. Do away with it and instead make every @@demonym@@ wear their trousers firmly at their navel like mine see," he proposes while doing a pose for you.
Effect: length forty pants is the new small

Option 2: “I agree with Mr. Urkel that this is indecent, but mandating how people dress isn't the way to go," intervenes @@randomname@@, one of @@name@@'s prominent fashion designers. "It's evidently clear to me that the problem is our country's outdated fashion that has these kids dressing like pornstars. Work with me @@leader@@, and I'll have these kids looking like supermodels."
Effect: sidewalks are now looking like runways

Option 3: "Before we start putting young @@demonymplural@@ into the next fashion week magazine, hear this out," interposes @@randomname@@, head of the @@name@@ Minority Club. "Pants sagging has become a way for ethnic minorities, primarily our Bigtopian residents, a way of expressing themselves; banning it will only discriminate against them. Why not raise awareness amongst the populace on this rising culture, maybe some billboards and posters that read 'We sag because it's swag' it has a sorta ring to it, don't you agree?"
Effect: politicians and business people are seen sagging through important meetings


Title: It’s Just Swag

Description: Sagging has become the number one fashion trend in @@name@@, with many teens and youthful denizens dubbing it "the trend of the decade!" and "the new formal!" However, when college student @@randommalename@@ came into a lecture seminar with his pants at his knees, many are wondering if this fashion craze is going too far with many considering it borderline nudity.

Validity: Adult, Nudity Is Outlawed and Moderate to High Youth Rebellion (Maybe?)

Option 1: “Ohhh yeah! Shake that bubble booty! Momma knows I like me some bubble booty!” shouts college student @@randomfemalename@@ in excitement as she twerks in your office. “Come on @@leader@@, It’s just swag, not like we’re bothering anyone. In fact, sagging should become the new way to wear pants!” She pulls your pants down to your hips, "There! Much better isn't it?"
Effect: a gaze at someone's undergarments is often misinterpreted as sexual harassment

Option 2: “@@leader@@, between me and you, I think we f’d up with this younger generation,” professes professor @@randomname@@, while pulling up @@his@@ sons trousers. “This ‘swag’ as they call it is nothing but a negative influence on young minds. Fine any person who doesn’t have their pants firmly at their waist I say.”
Effect: an inch below the waist is a ticket in the face

Option 3: “We mustn't discourage the younger generation from expressing their...creativity,” upholds @@randomname@@, a teen rights advocate. “A tad seductive I admit, but we can still make it work. People are allowed to sag as long as their pants are no lower than their buttocks, sound fair?”
Effect: butt cracks are seen more than cats
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Postby Baggieland » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:28 am

Hi Socio Polor, I am glad to see that the quality of your writing is definitely improving, however, I can't see this being an issue. What you're talking about here is just a fashion trend. Fashion trends have never required government intervention. In a couple of years this trend of wearing your pants half way down your legs will just be a bad memory. I grew up in the 1970s, but I'm not going to write an issue about how flared trousers emotionally scarred me for life. And in olden days a glimpse of stocking was thought of as shocking, but now, anything goes. :)
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Postby Trotterdam » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:14 am

It's less that it's ugly, and more that in particularly prudish societies, even seeing someone's underwear would be considered indecent. Though NationStates is usually about setting policy in broad strokes rather than micromanaging precise details, and if we are going to be nitpicking the exact limits of acceptable nudity beyond "public nudity is legal or not", there are probably more important questions to ask.

...But seriously, people actually do this?

Even leaving aside how ridiculous it looks, how would you walk with your pants halfway down your legs?

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Postby Jutsa » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:20 am

You wouldn't walk; you'd strut.

But yeah, I think the bigger issue is that this has overlap with an existing issue!

I mean, yes, it's technically different, but I'd say it's a similar topic: How much is showing too much?
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Postby Socio Polor » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:17 am

Baggieland wrote:Hi Socio Polor, I am glad to see that the quality of your writing is definitely improving, however, I can't see this being an issue. What you're talking about here is just a fashion trend. Fashion trends have never required government intervention. In a couple of years this trend of wearing your pants half way down your legs will just be a bad memory. I grew up in the 1970s, but I'm not going to write an issue about how flared trousers emotionally scarred me for life. And in olden days a glimpse of stocking was thought of as shocking, but now, anything goes. :)

Thanks Baggie :) . Though the thing with sagging is it's considered by some to be "borderline nudity" and disrespectful to themselves and people around them. Also a few states such as South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey to name a few passed bills in the past that made it illegal to sag in public.

Jutsa wrote:You wouldn't walk; you'd strut.

But yeah, I think the bigger issue is that this has overlap with an existing issue!

I mean, yes, it's technically different, but I'd say it's a similar topic: How much is showing too much?
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Eh, it's similar, but not a complete overlap so it should be alright
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Postby USS Monitor » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:29 am

Trotterdam wrote:It's less that it's ugly, and more that in particularly prudish societies, even seeing someone's underwear would be considered indecent. Though NationStates is usually about setting policy in broad strokes rather than micromanaging precise details, and if we are going to be nitpicking the exact limits of acceptable nudity beyond "public nudity is legal or not", there are probably more important questions to ask.

...But seriously, people actually do this?

Even leaving aside how ridiculous it looks, how would you walk with your pants halfway down your legs?


People do it.

According to my ex, it was originally a prison thing where guys would pull their pants down to let other inmates know they were available to be banged. But then people started doing it outside prison because they thought it made them look thuggish and edgy.

My ex is not a reliable source on all things, so if you've seen this debunked somewhere, then such is life, but that's what he told me.
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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:42 am

Baggieland wrote:Hi Socio Polor, I am glad to see that the quality of your writing is definitely improving, however, I can't see this being an issue. What you're talking about here is just a fashion trend. Fashion trends have never required government intervention. In a couple of years this trend of wearing your pants half way down your legs will just be a bad memory. I grew up in the 1970s, but I'm not going to write an issue about how flared trousers emotionally scarred me for life. And in olden days a glimpse of stocking was thought of as shocking, but now, anything goes. :)


I agree with Baggie, though I'd say that given enough context a fashion trend could constitute an issue.

For example, #593 is about women's sleeves getting shorter in nations with oppressive laws against bare flesh. That works as an issue because it goes beyond fashion and into societal beliefs about modesty and gender roles.

Here, if you were to reframe the fashion trend as being indicative of something else, it might work. However, as we already have issues complaining about rap music and/or rebellious youths, it may be hard to find an angle that doesn't overlap existing issues.
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Postby Socio Polor » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:03 pm

Thanks for the comment CWA! :) I'll see if I can specify a bit further why sagging is "bad"
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Postby Australian rePublic » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:17 am

Doesn't SWAG stand for "Secretly, We Are Gay"?
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Postby Verdant Haven » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:55 am

Australian rePublic wrote:Doesn't SWAG stand for "Secretly, We Are Gay"?


Nope.

That's one of many false acronym etymologies for the word. It actually has been in English for about 700 years, entering in to Middle English from one of the Scandinavian languages (I don't recall which), referring to a lurching or swaying movement (the word "swagger is derived from the same place). This developed to the idea of a bindle or overstuffed bag that bounces or sways as being called a swag, and that (by the 1700s) became a term for a bag of loot or stolen goods carried by a bandit or swagman.
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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Wed Mar 20, 2019 4:42 am

Snopes factchecks the assertion awesomely, btw:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/swag/

Looking forward to seeing the revision here, SP.
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Postby Socio Polor » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:20 pm

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Postby Socio Polor » Sat Mar 23, 2019 12:50 am

Any more feedback?
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Postby Socio Polor » Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:08 pm

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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Tue Mar 26, 2019 4:47 am

Same criticisms as before. There's no context.

Description: Many of today’s @@demonymadjective@@ youth have lately been spotted roaming the streets with their pants sagging, exposing their undergarments. Many find this latest trend unbefitting while others see nothing wrong with it. Citizens across @@name@@ are now wanting to see an end to this fashion dispute.


The second sentence is redundant, as all it does is say that there are different opinions. The third sentence is redundant as it just says there is an issue. So all you're left with is this:

Description: Many of today’s @@demonymadjective@@ youth have lately been spotted roaming the streets with their pants sagging, exposing their undergarments.


There's still no issue there. There needs to be some reason why this is an issue or dilemma, and right now there's none.

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Postby Socio Polor » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:19 am

Ohh that's what you meant. I'm slow sometimes
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Postby Socio Polor » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:19 pm

Last bump (for now at least)
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Postby Altmer Dominion » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:10 pm

You've still not changed the description enough for me to consider that you've satisfactorily addressed Baggie and CWA's concerns. Redundant padding aside, there's yet to be a core national dilemma here.
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Postby Australian rePublic » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:06 am

I'm sorry, I don't see how this would work as an issue. If you want an issue about fashion trends, I suggest looking into Carribean countries who ban camouflage clothing. That would make an interesting issue
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Postby Socio Polor » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:07 pm

Update! So I altered the description of the issue to make it more of a dilemma. Wondering if it's good enough or should I alter it more or some other aspect of the issue. Any comments, of course, are always welcome
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Postby Socio Polor » Fri Dec 27, 2019 6:11 pm

I'm also even open to the possibility of completely rewriting this issue, do any of y'all think I should do that, or leave it as is and just revise it more?
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Postby Socio Polor » Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:55 am

Ok, so I decided to add more to the first option as it didn't seem to suggest anything and I removed the term "videos" from the third effect line as it would go against nations who don't have internet.
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Postby Candlewhisper Archive » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:41 am

There's potentially an interesting issue about clothing styles here, but it's not being delivered. Right now, you're issue is:

"Some crazy people wear saggy pants.
1 - Let us dress how we like.
2 - That's stupid, stop them!
3 - Halfway compromise
The end."

Can you see how thin that premise is?

To me, the most interesting thing about sagging is that some US states felt the need to specifically legislate against a style of dress that is more common amongst certain ethnic groups.

The fact that the style of dress is sagging isn't that interesting. More interesting is the idea that clothing styles could be regulated -- for ostensibly reasonable justifications -- in a way that in practical terms disproportionately targets an ethnic minority's fashion choices.

I think it ought to be more like:

1) This clothing style is indecent, and stupid, basically. Ban it.
2) It's stupid, but you can't interfere with the freedom to dress in certain ways. Instead, consider subsidising classic fashion and tailors who make smart clothes, and let fashion's change as a result.
3) Attacking the fashion would disproportionately target ethnic minority youths, whose fashion trend it is, instead maybe educate people about diversity, and maybe make a speech or two while adopting the fashion yourself. (effect: politicians are often caught with their pants down)
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Postby Bears Armed » Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:42 am

Candlewhisper Archive wrote:There's potentially an interesting issue about clothing styles here, but it's not being delivered. Right now, you're issue is:

"Some crazy people wear saggy pants.
1 - Let us dress how we like.
2 - That's stupid, stop them!
3 - Halfway compromise
The end."

Can you see how thin that premise is?

To me, the most interesting thing about sagging is that some US states felt the need to specifically legislate against a style of dress that is more common amongst certain ethnic groups.

The fact that the style of dress is sagging isn't that interesting. More interesting is the idea that clothing styles could be regulated -- for ostensibly reasonable justifications -- in a way that in practical terms disproportionately targets an ethnic minority's fashion choices.

This may have happened before.
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Postby Trotterdam » Fri Jan 03, 2020 9:46 am

Candlewhisper Archive wrote:To me, the most interesting thing about sagging is that some US states felt the need to specifically legislate against a style of dress that is more common amongst certain ethnic groups.
Why are the ethnic minority wearing this? Is it actually traditional in their culture, or did they deliberately make up a weird fashion just for the sake of being different?

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