After the two years of restrictions linked to the Covid pandemic, the “on the metro without trousers” initiative is back.
Many do not know it but this event was born over twenty years ago and has now taken hold all over the world.
The initiative has also taken hold in Italy/ web archive-Leggilo
Introduced in 2002 in New York and then also landed overseas, after the forced stop due to the pandemic, the “No Pants Tube Ride” day returned to London on Sunday 8 January.On the subway without pants”. What does the initiative want to celebrate? According to the same organizers and promoters is born solely to celebrate stupidity: it seems incredible but this is the goal. In the British capital, the meeting point was Newport Place in Chinatown. Who attended? Anyone, with the event organizers dividing the participants into groups headed by a group leader.
How the initiative works
Some participants in the initiative/web archive-Leggilo
The organization is very simple. We meet at the established meeting point dressed normally. Participants must take off your pants and stay in your underwear underwear, only once they are inside the subway station and then, always without trousers, they have to board a train. The aim is to act nonchalantly and casually but, in order to keep things clean and legal, it was requested underwear with “decent” coverage: so no thongs or super tight briefs.
According to the group that promotes it, this initiative would be an international celebration of seriousness and, in addition to London and New York, it seems to take place in 60 other cities around the world. The demonstration was also held in Milan for several years and on the first Sunday of January the participants in the initiative gathered in one point of the city and then, depending on the various directives, began to circulate on the various lines subways without wearing pants. Both men and women have always taken part in the initiative. The initiative aims to promote, at least for one day, the abandonment of stereotypes and shared social norms. He wants to celebrate stupidity but also to underline that the seriousness and professionalism of a person do not depend on his clothing and that we must go beyond appearances and take others seriously regardless of how they are dressed. The intent is certainly not to blame but, obviously, it can generate a certain embarrassment in others. After all, every context has its own outfit even if there are even those who, by now, go to skiing in a miniskirt