I do like it when I hear about the little people rising up against authoritarian stupidity so this story about people in America fighting back against bans on hanging their washing outside really had me tickled today…
But I don’t really understand how or why wet washing became so socially unacceptable. Obviously you don’t want someone else’s smalls flapping in your face as you walk up the path to your flat but tucked away out the back, who’s to know or care?
It seems to me that the answer lies in the end of the story with the quote by Frank Rathbun, spokesman for the Community Associations Institute “…Developers and builders are trying to sell homes, and I think most would tell you that clotheslines could detract from the overall appearance and kerb appeal of the community, and therefore sales.”
So it’s not really about what people think, it’s about artificial snobbery created by developers in order to make themselves more money. Why am I not surprised?
Join the fight people and hoist your washing lines. Show your 400 thread count sheets some respect.