Monday, November 12, 2012 3:44:17 PM
According to Greg Mathis, sagging was adopted from the United States prison system where belts are prohibited. Belts are sometimes prohibited to keep prisoners from using them as weapons or in committing suicide by hanging themselves. The style was later popularized by hip-hop artists in the 1990s. It has since become a symbol of freedom and cultural awareness among some youths or a symbol of their rejection of the values of mainstream society.
Mathis also states that sagging has sexual connotations in prison ("Those who pulled their pants down the lowest and showed their behind a little more raw, that was an invitation").
Monday, November 12, 2012 8:42:31 AM
I laughed out loud at a kid doing this in a parking lot last week. He looked back, all thug-tough, but realized he was deficient in the body-mass category and wisely hurried away. Stupid kid.