- Aug 28, 2023
We've probably all heard of obscure laws, but this one might shock you! I'd love to know if they eventually were able to change the law that requires a permit for a woman to wear make up! Why such a law needed? Because that area is primarily Amish and they believe in modesty, of which make up doesn't fit in those beliefs. Other news sources state that this rule is rarely enforced.
Here is an archaic law that could easily start a massive protest movement were it to be suddenly brought back into the public’s attention! The actual language of the Code states: “Resolving that throughout the Bicentennial Year, those men who shave and those women who wear cosmetics, desiring to participate in the event, may be placed in THE STOCKS for not displaying their shaving and cosmetic buttons. [12-15-2003 by Res. No. 737]”. The Bicentennial Year was 2004.[x] This is in part not enforced because makeup has become a cultural norm, and even the Amish---who have a heavy presence in Morrisville--- may opt to wear makeup during Rumspringa.[xi] Mayor Rita Ledger acknowledges the statute and argues that it is challenging to clean up the antiquated laws as a small borough. As well, she admits that enforcing the makeup restrictions would also require the borough to impose its rules on men’s shaving where the cosmetic buttons are not prominently displayed![xii]
- In Morrisville, PA, women wearing cosmetics must have the appropriate permit: Appendix D of the Borough of Morrisville, PA Code: D-346.
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