Back in the old days, a prisoner saggin' his pants was an invitation for sexual advances. With the Pepsi generation, it's fashionable; it's cool; it's being a gangster.
For some prisoners, saggin' can be a shield for his safety. He can be wearing a tight pair of jeans and others would think that he's a homosexual. If he sagged his jeans with buttocks exposed, people just think he's crazy or in with the fashion. It's about group identification.
What I can't figure out is why prisoners who are in their mid-thirties think that exposing their buttocks is cool. It's the same reason why I don't understand how some African Americans use the word "nigga" and not feel degraded just being it's spelled differently.
There are a couple of Southeast Asian youngsters who I hang out with who sag their pants. When they come around me, I pull their pants down to their ankles. They pull their pants up instead of saggin'. They know what statement I am making. However, when they're on their own, the crack of their buttocks is exposed for all to see.
Where is the self respect?