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Why Do Guys Sag Their Pants? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why do guys sag their pants?” you ask?  Good question. (Better question would be: “Why don’t gals sag their pants?” Seriously, need we say more?)

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First, for those who don’t get out much, let’s define sagging. Wikipedia notes: “Sagging is a manner of wearing trousers or jeans which sag so that the top of the trousers or jeans are significantly below the waist, sometimes revealing much of the underwear. Sagging is predominantly a male fashion.”

So why do guys sag their pants? Carol Rood of BlogHer had some ideas.

She joked: “They just have too much junk in their pants (i.e. well endowed) and they need more room for things to “spread out”. (Yours truly can personally testify that well-endowed guys don’t need to sag for this reason.)

She also says they might sag because they’ve “just spent lots of money on very cool boxers and want to share their amazing undies with the world.”

But seriously, why do guys sag their pants?

It came out of the prison system. Interestingly, many people—especially those who disapprove of the style of dress that displays guys’ underwear are more than happy to tell everyone that gay or bisexual men in prison sag their pants to signal that they are ready for a, ya know, “hot date”.

While Snopes acknowledges that sagging was born of the penal system, the whole conjugal connection of signaling readiness for rump-riding, however, is not true.

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Well, they ARE Ghost Rider boxers . . ./Image: MensWomensHumor

According to Snopes: “While sagging did gain its start in the U.S. prison system, it was not a clothes-wearing style authored by imprisoned homosexuals intent upon advertising their interest in casual flings. Sagging pants became the behind-the-bars thing thanks to ill-fitting prison-issue garb: some of those incarcerated were provided with clothing a few sizes too large. That oversizing, coupled with the lack of belts in the big house, led to a great number of jailbirds whose pants were falling off their arses. (Belts are not permitted in most correctional facilities because all too often the lifeless bodies of their inmate owners have been found hanging from them.)”

So why do guys sag their pants if they aren’t looking for love in all their wrong places? How did it get from the jail cell to the schoolyard?

Ice-T, Too Short and other rap and hip-hop artists who actually served time (or wanted to front for street cred) took the style from the cage to the stage. Young guys, especially young urban guys began copying the rappers style.

Perhaps Yahoo Poster Sophia Asphyxia put it best when she said guys sag their pants “because they think it’s ‘swag’.” They think “they’re gangster because of where they’ve came from when in reality they need to grow the f*ck up. In other words no one really knows (but) it’s considered ‘cool’. “

Why do guys sag their pants? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.