Dinosaurs rule in Chiang Mai


  • Letters
  • Sunday, 06 Apr 2003

BANGKOK: Chiang Mai has the reputation of being an ancient city, but that's no excuse for its administrators to act like dinosaurs. 

At a time when a lot of depressing issues require their attention, their planned clampdown on females wearing spaghetti-strap tops and hot pants to celebrate Songkran defies belief. 

This is a water festival, for crying out loud. Perhaps Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn feels comfortable in getting soaked while wearing his full official uniform. The rest of us prefer shorts and thin T-shirts. 

There'll be no complaints from the police about enforcing this rule (you can see them drooling at the mouth already), but wouldn't we be better off if they were to man checkpoints, measure alcohol levels of drivers and chase thieves? 

It's not their job to judge who is dressed too scantily on the summer's hottest days - shades of the Taliban, here, right? 

We can't understand this ungodly fuss about spaghetti-strap tops. If they can be put on sale, they must be legal, right? So why do politicians and senior officials always gang up against girls who wear them? Young people want to express themselves and look sexy. So what? 

This type of dress is a convenient scapegoat for sex crimes and moral decline. But it is, in fact, a generation marker. 

If you like wearing sexy fashions you are a modern type - expressive, adventurous and liberal. 

If you don't like wearing or watching them, that's your choice. But to try to stop others from wearing them - well, you were born in the era of Boonlertosaurus. - The Nation 

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