Reason 14789235 in our ongoing demonstration to prove that America is a foreign country:
“It seems like such a mundane thing, hanging laundry, and yet it draws in all these questions about individual rights, private property, class, aesthetics, the environment,” said Steven Lake, a British filmmaker who is releasing a documentary next May called “Drying for Freedom,” about the clothesline debate in the United States.
The film follows the actual case of feuding neighbors in Verona, Miss., where the police say one man shot and killed another last year because he was tired of telling the man to stop hanging his laundry outside.
Jeanne Bridgforth, a real estate agent in Richmond, Va., said that while she had no personal opinion on clotheslines, most of her clients were not thrilled with the idea of seeing their neighbors’ underwear blowing in the breeze.
She recalled how she was unable to sell a beautifully restored Victorian home in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond because it looked out onto a neighbor’s laundry hanging from a second-story back porch. In June, the house went into foreclosure.
“Where does it end?” Ms. Bridgforth said of the legislative push to prevent housing associations from forbidding clotheslines.
Americans are horrified by the sight of clean clothes and linen innocently swaying in the breeze.
I guess it helps to explain why violence with a surfeit of bile and blood is honky-dory over there, a daily tele-vvisual diet, but a breast or a man's naked bottom sends the populace into paroxysms of hyper-morality - as does a washed frock and bra left to dry in the sunshine.
“This is not some slippery slope toward government micromanaging of private agreements,” Mr. Merriam said, adding, however, that for these state laws to succeed they need to exempt existing agreements.No, indeed it isn't. Because government or fellow citizens micromanaging the lives of others would involve, oh, you know, something like making it illegal in most states of the US to dry your undies in a stiff breeze.
Debate follows bills to remove clothesline bans