hanging laundry outside is controversial? are you serious???


I know most people don't hang their laundry outside anymore, but I had always thought it was just b/c they're lazy.

It saves a ton of money and energy, but people are too concerned with their own vanity ("it looks trailer trash") to tolerate. People objecting to the sight of someone else's undergarments is very Victorian. (Look away, then.) The fact that people object to laundry-hanging is pathetic; shows that people are not willing to alter their lifestyles in the slightest for the environment.

It's kind of hard to look like trailer trash when you live in a house. Really the only thing that is "trailer trash" is a dilapidated trailer. Not everyone can afford to live in a house (or buy a dryer) so way to put down people based on their income. I think McMansions are pretty trashy, for invading someone else's neighborhood and then complaining about things that were there before they were.

Housing associations are the main opponents of laundry hanging, of course. Do they actually do anything useful, or do you just pay them to tell you what to do? Living in a place like that is kind of like taking corporate America home with you. They should at least pay your electric or laundromat bill if they're forbidding you to hang up your laundry.

I don't understand some of the things that are important to people: putting pesticide in your yard just to have uniform grass, insisting that women remove all their body hair, caring what your neighbor does on their own property. For fuck's sake. I live next to a bar and have to put up with motorcycles and drunks at 2am. Grow up.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 11, 2017 at 9:24pm

Some of my sweetest memories of childhood were hanging clothes outside to dry. When I was little, I would hand grandma the item and she could reach the line that was far beyond my reach. As I got older, I could proudly hang them myself. The smell of freshly laundered sheets dried outside made bedtime a very pleasant memory. 

Comment by Prog Rock Girl on June 11, 2011 at 4:24pm
That's how I'd react too Ryan: I'd do even more laundry than necessary and put my underwear where it's most visible. I've never known people with REAL problems to get their panties in a bunch over stuff like this.
Comment by ryan cameron on June 11, 2011 at 6:01am
we're proud of the fact that we hang our laundry out. Of course, if people driving by didnt like it, Id definitely hang more.
Comment by Clarence Dember on June 11, 2011 at 5:27am
Nimbys (not in my back yard) sheeple can't stomach contrast or diversity even to the extent of tyranny!
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on January 3, 2010 at 7:51pm
is she against it for these kind of reasons?
Comment by Arizona Gunrunner on January 3, 2010 at 10:54am
This new social standard is sad. It is such a good way to save energy and not give up much. Especially if you already have a dryer and can still use it on the days you can't hang them to dry. I want to put one up in our back yard buy my wife is against it. . .
Comment by Little Name Atheist on December 23, 2009 at 1:46am
Vermont has a "Right to hang laundry" law.



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