Over the years of working the trade shows and covering menswear, I can’t tell you how many lawyers I’ve run into who started an accessories collection, often neckties.
Arguing the case for the anti-tie side of things, however, is a California litigator-cum-mayor who made news last week for a proposal that his town of Lancaster declare neckties a public health danger.
Of course we know how this kind of thing goes. He just doesn’t like ties, period, and would consider it progress towards the utopia if ties were outlawed altogether, or at least quietly fall into anachronism along with spats, hats and walking sticks. Being a lawyer by training and inclined towards sophistry, the man is clearly trying to impose his dislike of ties on the community by arguing that they impede oxygen flow to the brain. Added to his argument is the invocation of gender equality:
[R. Rex] Parris said he wants Lancaster employers to make wearing ties to work optional at the very least. He likened the tie requirement to demanding that women wear heels to work, characterizing it as an issue of compelled gender presentation. “I don’t think it’s appropriate in America today to make anyone do something that is now known to be detrimental to your health,” Parris said. “Especially if it’s based on gender.”
Parris said he’s well aware the ordinance could be overturned, but he’s not worried about it. Unlike other mayors, he said, he isn’t afraid of litigation.“I’m aware I’m going out on a ledge, but I live my life on ledges,” Parris said. “We’re interested in going in a positive direction until we’re stopped.”
It sounds like he may be right about the oxygen issue, as years of wearing ties have clearly had a deleterious effect on his brain. — CC
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