Butt Cleavage galore in Bangalore

Remember the time when Jeans became a craze among college going students & a lot of colleges started to ban jeans in their campuses? (I suppose that is still the case with a few colleges) The reason given at that time was “not in our culture” & “cause of distraction” etc. Those kinds of reasons seem from another century altogether when you factor in some developments among the Jeans wearing crowd in the recent past. Its called the low rise jeans effect. Probably this is a solid enough reason to ban jeans at least in some places like colleges & work places.

It is beyond my comprehension as to why something like a low rise jeans exists. What is the real need? Is it to showcase the curves? Then what could be the purpose for low rise jeans for Men? Or on second thoughts, is there something like a low rise jeans for men? I don’t seem to know. Whatever the purpose of the low rise jeans, it seems to be resulting in something that is altogether unexpected – the Butt Cleavage. The rear till sometime back which was something that even the person himself couldn’t see comfortably is now out & for everyone else to see.

And it is easy to spot this just about anywhere & if you are thinking pubs & disco’s you couldn’t be more wrong; from the street corner cafĂ© to the neighborhood traffic junction you can spot it. There can’t probably be a more disgusting sight when the thing is in full view in front of you at the traffic junction.

Our city has the obvious mix of people from different classes & different places. So can one write this off as one of those obvious impacts of fashion & multi culturism or is it as simple as someone not being aware of what is going on behind their backs or as a third point of view, is this really worthy of even being written about. Well I think it is. Fashion is on one side & indecency on the other. The way frontal cleavage has become regular on Bangalore’s street it’s only a matter of time before the butt cleavage starts giving it some serious competition.

27 Comments so far

  1. Chitra (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    Hmmm, nice post! Well, I haven’t see any butt cleavages. But, I also admit to never being in the “happening” places. I am amazed at how much Bangalore fashion has changed in the years that we were away in the US. Sometimes I think hard about raising my kids here!

  2. Karthik (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

    Butt Cleavage? Even the name sounds disgusting. But yes, its all over an area like Koramangala. And sure, it doesn’t make for a pretty sight!

  3. Ravi (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    I seem to recall having read a similar post on your personal blog, Lokesh. Still, quite a relevant post. I personally think that this fad is taking the word ‘showing off’ to new heights. Or is it new lows??? Seems like anything – including this ‘butt cleavage’- goes in the name of fashion these days. Quite a shame, this lack of dignity for oneself & one’s body!

  4. Nightstalker (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 5:35 pm

    It is because of people like you that the moral police thrives in India!

  5. Parakeet (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

    I’m curious what caused the drastic change in dressing habits in Bangalore across the board over the last few years? Call centers? Availability? Globalization? Exposure to western fashion via media? Anyone?

  6. Naveen (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 5:42 pm

    Moral Policing I guess……leave it to the people to decide what to wear…why do you bother….

  7. Lokesh (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

    Dear Nightstalker, well my intention of posting this is only to highlight certain developments in certain areas & nothing else. Moral Policing is not right & as a society we should think of various other effective ways of controlling things like this than get into forced compliance. I dont know if it really has any connections but I think my earlier post titled “Leave the ordinary Bangalorean out” should give a fair idea of what I think about valuing individual freedom.

    Chitra, I endorse your concerns, it is anybody’s guess how things will be in the future.

    Thanks Karthik for your views.

    Thanks Ravi for your views. Wonder what the in favour viewpoints will be like if someone is in favour of this.

  8. tarlesubba (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

    my then co-worker once pointed out the absurdity of these ‘fashion’ rules where in exposed heels and toes are frowned upon but butt-cracks are ok.

  9. Briju Prasad (unregistered) on March 26th, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    Interesting observations,I would be very careful in policing these issues…….as they are very sensitive and may infringe ones freedom of expression…….its a fine balance here I guess.
    Its also an example of the fast changing cultural shifts and are we acceptable of these ??……..
    Well its ones perception again……..I would not complain but will be watchful..

  10. abhipraya (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 10:26 am

    Why is this even posted here?

  11. Sajith M (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 6:39 pm

    Lokesh granted that this is a common sight, but hey leave it to the person to decide what he/she want to wear…

  12. Charles Haynes (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 10:41 am

    Why do you care what other people wear? If the sight is objectionable to you – that’s why you have a neck and eyelids! You say your intent is “just to highlight certain developments” but you also say “Probably this is a solid enough reason to ban jeans…” and you call it indecent. That’s pretty clearly passing judgement and wanting to impose standards of decency on other people, not just “highlighting.”

    Having spent quite a bit of time in countries and locales where not only “low cut jeans” are common, but people are comfortable walking around topless or even naked, my observation is that being ashamed of your own body causes much more harm than exposing a bit of skin.

  13. Lokesh (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 12:00 pm

    Hi Charles,

    Appreciate your feedback. I agree with you on a few points especially when you say I am passing a judgement. My post probably is written like that. Though that was not the intention. I have realised that a little bit of thought before starting to write down always helps. I shall keep that in mind for my future posts. But I dont quite agree with your last para.

  14. Prabhat (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

    I keep seeing such notes on various aspects of freedom. In this case, freesom of wearing. I am okay with it…more correctly, what is going to change even if I am not. :)

    But I get alarmed by how freedom of expression gets beaten over and overlooked. I guess Lokesh was expressing his view and like everyone is entitled to wear what they want (I guess Lokesh is not trying to change it), everyone is entitled to express as well. So, please, no expression policing either.

    Read, enjoy, and if you don’t like it, please move on. I guess I am infringing on someones’ expression as well. So forgive my blurbe. I move on too.

  15. NParry (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    It would be nice and add spice if someone can also post pictures!!!

    We don’t particularly mind if half-naked priests and cooks work at temples, weddings and holy occasions, do we?

  16. Chitra (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

    I cannot help but smile at the last 2 comments. :)

  17. Ananth Raj (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    It is hypocracy. When guys in India walk around in their shorts, top less – its alright. But when girls show a bit of skin- na, na, na – its indescent, vulgar, losing culture etc.

    We should learn to live with all sorts of people around. If you would like to change the world, start from YOU.

  18. Aditya Kuber (unregistered) on March 28th, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    1. If you don’t like it, don’t look. If you have seen so much of it, you must be looking at it at some point, no?
    2. It’s a personal choice. Those who wear this stuff know what they reveal. Call it exhibitionism, if you like. It exists and as time passes, will perhaps increase. If not in this form, some other.

    I don’t justify it. I don’t wear such jeans, I have seen this. It’s up to the individual to wear and show or see.

  19. Karthik (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 6:52 am

    I felt Lokesh was just making a point – his point of view. Who are we anyway to pass judgments on what should people wear? Its up to people decide. But, internet allows us to express ourselves freely and that includes a personal distaste for butt cleavage. How can that amount of ‘hypocrisy’ or even ‘passing judgment’?

  20. NAREN (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    The comments are very intresting then post. Thanks Lokesh for bringing up the issue. The call centers should be given major credit for the changes happening in bangalore. Many colleges and companies hav the policies for dress code. I remember christ college has the policy of banning Jeans on certain days of a week. PES Engineering college has banned T-shirts with Ads. Some colleges has banned Round Neck(Without Colar) T-shirts.

    @Charles We live in very civilised society. The Top Less thing exists in forests and in Bollywood(Forget hollywood for time being). I like ur obsevation “being ashamed of your own body causes much more harm than exposing a bit of skin.” I think The SOUL which Matters the most. The Body is Equal to Dead Body.

  21. Lokesh (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    Life is all about choices that one has to make. Between right & wrong, between what I like & don’t, between my interests & others interests etc. You end up thinking this way or that due to various reasons/factors/influences & so on. End of the day it is up to each person to make up his/her mind on something. Let people wear what they want, show what they want, frankly it doesn’t matter. But guys lets face it this is a debatable issue & one will find diverse opinions on something like this. A small preview of that is up above in the comments. I stand by my previous comments saying that I did not intend to pass judgments. This is something that is seen in Bangalore hence I thought I should post it here. However due to the urgency with which it was written, a few statements have got framed in such a manner that it slants the post towards being judgmental which was not the real intention. Thanks all for your perspectives through your comments. I am sure it will help us all have a balanced view on something like this.

  22. Naren (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Lokesh, The judgement has Come!!!!!! It may be little related to Topic. The Honourable Govt. of India has noticed to Shutdown FTV in INDIA for all the reasons including B*** and C********. Might hav inspired by ur Post!! LOL!! Reason to Celebrate!!??

  23. wasiq (unregistered) on April 1st, 2007 @ 9:01 am

    sorry lokesh this post is too sugestive and incomplete without a picture……how the hell do we know whats bugging you and why…?

    aatey jaatey khubsoorat awara serdkon pey….
    kabhi kabhi itefaq sey…

  24. Raj (unregistered) on April 1st, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    I think butt cleavage rocks!!!

  25. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 1:13 am

    what i want to see is a hairy haida with rolled up panche(not even lungi) and his mate in well worn daavaNi and a butt cleaver and her mate, in A&F, trying to get into one of these establishments frequented by these proponents of voice against morality.

    now that would be funny, not to mention interesting.

    any space for veera naaris in the world of iron maidens? or are they to only grace the lush green fields of mysore?

  26. tarlesubba (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 1:16 am

    any space for veera naaris in the world of iron maidens? or are they to only grace the lush green fields of mysore singing soliloquies of the rasaave unna nambi & tereyo baagilanu kind?

  27. Raj (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 10:28 am

    Butt cleavage or just plain cleavage, there should be dress sense, instead of dress code. Don’t fret over why males feel like this way or that way. Certain kinds of dressing do convey sexual invitation, sexual aggression and plain sexiness. Simply put the ‘dress sense’ in Bangalore is a plain copy of what one sees in Star World and Zee Cafe serials and Bollywood songs and item dances.

    If Darwin would’ve been alive we could have asked why this was so. But if somebody shows butt cleavge in public, I have a right to look and appreciate that nude skin. I also have a right to feel erotic. On seeing nude skin, I don’t think I should think about Mahabharata, Ramayana, the Bible or anything else, always.

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