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February 06, 2013


French women wear pants

Key quote:
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".

(Thanks to Janice Gelb)


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"There's a place in France where the girls don't wear no pants..."

I'm confused. Is "bicycle handlebar", like, a euphemism?

(I figured out the "reins of a horse" thing myself, thanks.)

Is this when Frenchmen started surrendering their pants?

I've heard that they do wear leaves to protect them from the breeze. But I heard that a long time ago, so it might be wrong.

I'm guessing they've solved all their other problems like poverty and stuff, so now they are working their way through the "stuff that can wait 200 years" pile now.

"In heaven, there are no pants
That's why we moved to France."

The reins in France are mainly with the pants?

It had to be tough riding a bicycle while pulling a horse behind you just so you could wear a pair of Levi's.

But it's ok to launch fashions involving wedding cake hats and duct tape evening wear?

Note that it wasn't French women in general, just those in Paris. Which makes it even -- sadder, I guess.

now if we could just get them to wear deodorant...

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