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Monday
Oct252010

Italian Mayor Wants Ban on Scanty Clothes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NAPLES, Italy) -- The mayor of a seaside town in the Naples area of Southern Italy has shot to national fame after announcing that he would ban what he deems anti-social behavior to raise standards of public decency.

If the regulations are approved at Monday's city council meeting in Castellammare di Stabia, local police will be forced to fine anyone in town wearing revealing clothes, such as mini-skirts, low-cut jeans and deep-plunging blouses.

The new regulations consist of 41 points that also include a ban on using obscene language, playing soccer in public parks, sunbathing or men going bare-chested in public areas, and purchasing alcohol after 10 p.m.  Proposed fines go from about $35 to $700.

Mayor Luigi Bobbio of the governing center-right People of Freedom Party, a former magistrate who says he is neither a "moralist or an authoritarian," said the regulations would help "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence" and put a stop to "rowdy, unruly or simply bad behavior."

Many women in the town were furious, with one asking, "So are we meant to call the mayor each morning before we leave home to check that he approves our clothing?"

"Just who exactly will decide what is too revealing? Decorum is a personal opinion," another said.

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