Drying behaviors


Surprised that these creative public laundry hanging solutions are tolerated in tightly legislated Singapore, considering how behavior could be construed by some as a “low-class” behavior; visual confirmation of the clothing’s owners being unable to afford (monetarily or space-wise) a dryer, or being unable to have their clothing professionally washed and dried, or lacking adequate space indoors for the drying of their clothing. I cannot recall where I was told that hanging laundry outside (that is, in a location visible to others) was taboo, but I regrettably never questioned the logic behind it.


Or, flip it around: in these green-conscious days this behavior could actually be encouraged. This is clear visual proof of doing one’s part to lower electricity consumption by eschewing dryers in favor of air-drying. Is this Singapore’s answer to Japan’s Cool Biz (I can see the behavior-change inspiring public service banners already, unmentionables waving in the wind out of skyscraper windows, clothing emblazoned with Singaporean flag hanging from visible landmarks, etc.)? Interesting that these approaches to limiting energy consumption require the loosening of rules regarding formality and strictness, whether it be wearing short sleeves instead of suits or displaying one’s laundry on the street to dry. Consider the different lengths a country’s government/populace would go through to conserve resources, and what is “reasonable” or “acceptable” in different contexts.All that aside, a fly in the ointment: the space constraints leading to draping wet clothing over a residence’s barbed wire may give an aspiring thief some bad ideas.


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