Wandering eyes

Cue Del Reeves and his song about the girl wearing nothing but a smile and a towel in the picture on the billboard in the field near the big ol’ highway:

That was 1965. This is 2013:

In many public schools, there are dress codes that prohibit students from wearing tank-tops, tube tops, and shorts that are deemed “too short,” as these could distract male students.

If men can be this easily distracted by women’s bodies, then this raises a variety of safety concerns.

Many busy highways have billboards that use sexually suggestive imagery of women’s bodies.

Women also often go about their everyday lives near roadways wearing tanktops and short shorts.

If straight men (and men of other sexual orientations who are attracted to women) can be distracted by the mere sight of a woman’s thigh, then it is a public safety hazard to allow them to operate vehicles that weigh thousands of pounds at up to 75mph past these inevitable distractions.

This has, at this writing, nearly 10,000 signatures at whitehouse.gov.

(Via Joanna Blackhart.)



  1. Nicole »

    28 May 2013 · 7:01 pm

    See, they put that petition up as a joke and yet that is the reason Islamic countries put women in hijabs and burkas. The only difference is the solution to the out of control male problem.

  2. McGehee »

    29 May 2013 · 8:42 am

    Except that the nannyists in this country would happily ban males, and by some accounts have been making the effort for generations to do so.

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    29 May 2013 · 10:00 am

    A male co-worker of mine once wanted to file a sexual harrassment lawsuit against all the pretty girls who worked in our building. He never did follow through.

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