Is Laundry Banned In Your Front Yard?
Feed this into your 'has the world gone completely mad yet o meter', and let us know what results you get, as home owners across America gear up to defend their right to hang laundry in their front yards. Yeah, you heard that right. There is evidently a national movement against people airing their clean laundry in front of others.
Carin Froehlich has become the face of repression in Pennsylvania, where local town officials and neighbors have requested that she stop hanging her washing in the front yard. In spite of the fact that there are no actual laws in place to prevent her from doing so, local officials have requested that she cease to hang her washing in front of her 18th century farm house, and two of her neighbors have left snarky notes.
“They said it made the place look like trailer trash," she says, hanging out her washing anyway.
If you think this is a frivolous issue, think again. Twenty percent of Americans live according to terms set out by housing associations, and an estimated half of these organizations have rules which penalize people who hang washing in their front yards. A lawyer representing such associations explained the rules saying "The consensus in most communities is that people don't want to see everybody else's laundry."
And so goes the dehumanization of the world. We don't want to see anything that isn't nice and neat and pretty because it spoils the illusion we like to build up around ourselves. People don't want to live like humans anymore, they want to live as if they were little immortal gods. They want to deny all that is human in favor of becoming slick little robots, perfect to the littlest fingernail. Imperfection is tantamount to a sin to these people who have left their humanity so far behind that they may as well be cyborgs.
As a society, we'll pay for people to torture, kill and maim overseas, but we don't want pictures of it in the media. We'll pay for our elderly to slowly fade away in neatly tended care homes, largely abandoned by their offspring because we're all too busy watching the Jonas brothers, worshiping youth, and denying our own mortality. We santize language, we sanitize images, and now apparently even though our laundry is sanitized, it is still too much for people.
Now we can't even acknowledge that people have laundry. Clean laundry has become, in effect, dirty laundry.
Don't worry though, Froehlich and others like her are fighting back. Froehlich is writing a book, and says "If my husband has a right to have guns in the house, I have a right to hang laundry.”