The Low-Down on Saggy Pants Laws

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Cause for Controversy

Sagging pants, a style popularized in the 1990s linked to urban culture and popularized by hip-hop artists, has long been the subject of scrutiny by lawmakers and community leaders. The common criticism is that the look, where an individual's underwear or buttocks are visible, amounts to an incident display of skin. Critics argue that laws banning saggy pants encroach upon freedom of expression and unfairly target racial minorities. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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