Skip to comments.Parisian women finally 'allowed' to wear trousers
Posted on 02/04/2013 9:28:23 AM PST by DeaconBenjamin
An archaic by-law banning Parisian women from wearing trousers has finally been repealed 214 years after it was originally introduced.
The November 1799 decree stipulated that any woman wishing to wear mens clothing in the French capital had to seek official permission from the city authorities.
It was amended two times a century later, when women were given the freedom to don pantalons [trousers] if they were holding the handlebars of a bicycle or the reins of a horse.
The decree was passed when the working class fashion of wearing long trousers (as opposed to the aristocratic knee-length culottes) became a symbol of the French revolution. The rule therefore symbolically barred women from the revolutionary rank and file, known at the time as the sans-culottes.
A museum piece
In 2010, a group of Green Party lawmakers began a campaign to get the absurd by-law, held in the archives of the Paris Prefecture [police headquarters] and technically still in force, struck off permanently.
The group faced surprising resistance from the prefecture, which considered the effort removing a piece of judicial archaeology a waste of time.
A fresh application for the decree to be officially removed from the prefectures official documentation was made in 2012 by a member of parliament for the opposition UMP party.
This time, the request was taken seriously, and the 1799 law was last week officially confirmed null and void.
French Minister for Womens Rights Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said the rule was incompatible with the principles of equality between men and women that are written into the constitution, as well as in Frances European engagements.
Because of this incompatibility, this by-law is implicitly repealed, she added. It has absolutely no legal effect. The document is nothing but a museum piece.
Anarchy to follow...
So the Green Party is making it clear that they are not about ecology but Socialist revolution.
She is a Moroccan born Socialist and a "non-practicing muslim".
She has come out against the burqa ban in France. So much for upholding women's rights.
The Moroccan-born Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, who will serve in the cabinet as Minister of Womens Rights and spokesperson for the French government, has come out against the Burqa ban, saying that The Republic cannot spend its time making laws that exclude, prohibit and stigmatize.
So apparently women are now permitted to were trousers UNDER their burqas if their husbands and brothers and fathers permit it.
Clearing a path for Hillary’s relocation ....
Until recently Indians (meaning “native Americans”) were banned from spending the night in Boston. A consequence of King Phillip’s War.
Watched a show about Coco Channel last night. She put Parisian women in trousers in the 1930s.
Elizabeth Warren was safe from this requirement.
Yeah, she took a cab back across the river to Cambridge.