The regulation of what we wear, or don’t wear is ubiquitous, states author and City University of New York School of Law professor Ruthann Robson in her new book Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy from our Hairstyles to our Shoes. She notes that our garments often raise First Amendment issues of expression or religion, but they also prompt questions of equality on the basis of gender, race, and sexuality. This book examines the rights to expression and equality, as well as the restraints on government power – both as they limit and allow control of our most personal choices of attire and grooming.
Hear the author talk more about the book in a 5 minute interview on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Find the book on the Law Library Balcony KF390.5.C56 R63 2013.