Hoop skirts, a popular style trend across several centuries, have seen a revival as part of the Greek life at southern schools including the University of Georgia. According to a recent decision by two governing bodies at that college, however, the mere sight of such garments could offend others on campus.
A common interpretation of the ruling suggests the skirts were banned because they were commonly worn in the South during the same period slavery was legal. UG student Brennan Mancil highlighted the subjectivity with which the proscription was developed:
If the logic for banning hoop skirts extended to other social practices then we ought to ban mint juleps and chewing tobacco, both of which also became popular during the Antebellum.