27 October 2010

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The worst we ever got was a raised eyebrow or a stern ‘you’re not wearing that!?’ as we left the house, but women in an Italian seaside city are facing fines of up to £440 for wearing their miniskirts in public.


Castellammare di Stabia, is planning to ban the skirts and other revealing clothing to improve what its mayor describes as 'standards of public decency'.


Those found in violation of the law - which would effectively rule out everything from miniskirts to low-cut jeans - would face fines of between 25 euros (£22) and 500 euros (£440).


Mayor Luigi Bobbio said the regulations would help 'restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence' and wants to ensure that people wear 'nothing too revealing' on the city’s streets. Some also see it as a means of combating sexual harassment.


If proposals are approved at a council meeting on Monday, there will also be a ban on sunbathing, playing football in public places, and blasphemy.


But the city is not the first to impose such a controversial ban, some places in the country have already banned such things as building sandcastles, kissing in cars, feeding stray cats and even wearing wooden clogs!


Do you think this is a step too far? Or do you think the city is right to try to preserve decorum in this way? Is this a good way to combat sexual harassment? Or is the mayor just ruining everyone’s fun? Let us know your thoughts, below...


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