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Erin Manning Tilts At Windmills

Erin Manning Tilts At Windmills. Its no use Erin. I have tried. If we are impotent to ban flip flops in public, shorts are an impossibility.

I enjoyed reading the comments to the post below this one about Sunday dress. If anything, the one thing that surprises me the most is that people over the age of five actually wear shorts to Mass. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that shorts at Mass, as well as other inappropriate clothing choices, reflects something about our culture, not just about Mass-goers and the clothing choices they make.

I live in a place where triple-digit temperatures are expected during the summer. It gets hot here, no doubt about it. But I own exactly two pairs of shorts, and I wear them around the house on the hottest days. I never wear them out in public at all.

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Erin Manning said...

Well, gosh, what else are windmills for? ;)

I will say this, though--when you posted the flip-flop thing I thought there ought to be an exception for people with various foot problems (e.g. stupid redheads who thwacked a toe into a door and had to bandage the broken digit for a month). I'm willing to make the same concession for shorts--if someone has a medical condition which makes the wearing of long pants (or skirts, for women) an impossibility, then they should of course wear shorts, even in public.

Now, I can't really think of such a condition off the top of my head, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

Charlotte said...

I respect Erin's general point of view, as I am a fan of her writing and agree with her on many topics. But the shorts post just hit a nerve with me and I wrote a response:


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