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February 04, 2013

Dans-culottes

After two hundred years, Parisian women are now allowed to wear pants.

The law required women to ask police for special permission to "dress as men" in Paris, or risk being taken into custody. In 1892 and 1909 the rule was amended to allow women to wear trousers, "if the woman is holding a bicycle handlebar or the reins of a horse".

I suspect this has more to do with current events than "legal archaelogy". It would be difficult to justify a ban on burqas with a two-hundred year old, unenforced sumptuary law on the books.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 4, 2013 08:24 AM