Atlanta officials have agreed to scrap road signs warning of “Men at Work” or “Men Working Ahead” after complaints that the signs are sexist. Cynthia Good, editor of the Atlanta-based women’s magazine PINK, filed an official complaint last week about the signs, pointing out that the Department of Public Works has numerous female employees. Department head Joe Basista this week agreed and ordered that all signs either be replaced or altered to read “Workers Ahead.” “It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Basista.
Flint, Mich., is the latest city to crack down on the wearing of outlandishly oversized jeans. In a memo to officers last week, Flint’s interim police chief, David Dicks, said that anyone wearing baggy trousers so low that buttock skin is visible should be arrested and charged with indecent exposure, while those exposing only underwear should face charges of disorderly conduct. “Some people call it a fad,” said Dicks of the hip-hop–inspired fashion statement. “But I believe it’s a national nuisance.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- The 10 best networking tips for people who hate networking
- Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine
- 11 scientific studies that will restore your faith in humanity
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Why baseball is America's most dangerous spectator sport
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- Why you should stop believing in evolution
- 9 Harvard dropouts who became fabulously successful
- Your literary playlist: A guide to the music of Haruki Murakami
- The dangers of our passionless American life
Subscribe to the Week