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TSA Nude Scanners Coming To American Malls

You're kidding, right?



What now?

A Yahoo article says that because women's cloths sizing is hard, they're going to nude scan them to figure out what they can wear. Seriously!?

Ms. Shaw, the entrepreneur, is chief executive of a company called MyBestFit that addresses the problem. It is setting up kiosks in malls to offer a free 20-second full-body scan — a lot like the airport, minus the pat-down alternative that T.S.A. agents offer.

Lauren VanBrackle, 20, a student in Philadelphia, tried MyBestFit when she was shopping last weekend.

“I can be anywhere from a 0 at Ann Taylor to a 6 at American Eagle,” she said. “It obviously makes it difficult to shop.” This time, the scanner suggested that at American Eagle, she should try a 4 in one style and a 6 in another. Ms. VanBrackle said she tried the jeans on and was impressed: “That machine, in a 30-second scan, it tells you what to do.”

That's cute. A strip search in the name of getting something to wear? So instead of wasting millions on this disrobing plan, why not standardize women's clothing and use inch measurements like men's clothes? How's that for an idea?

How long until someone hacks these poorly protected machines to record copies of all women scanned and the photos show up on the Internet? Will you put your teenage daughters in them?

This is so, so stupid, I can't believe it's actually true. I really hope this doesn't catch on because if it does, my faith in humanity will suffer yet again.

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Omg spoken like a true man! I would love to know what jeans would be most likely to fit me without trying on 900 pairs. Standardizing won’t work because of the vast diversity of female shapes and clothing styles and closer more precise fit of womens clothes. Awesome…do I have to empty my pockets first though?

    I think this falls under the idea of “this would be great if we could trust them to do it right” just like e-voting or anything else for that matter. Do you trust that these will work properly AND they won’t get hacked? Even if you do, are they really necessary?

    As you’ve said, maybe I’m underestimating women’s clothing, but at first blush listing a dress by 3 size measurements instead of some arbitrary 1-16 number seems like it would work better and cost a lot less.

    If jeans were listed by waist in inches, length in inches, and then three or four cut styles based on body type (slim, average, fatty, fatty-fat-fat-omg! — I leave marketing to come up with nice words for it), how would that not do the job?

      Because women’s body shapes are so diverse. They would need to do waist, inseam, and hips (since a lot of women, like myself, have hips that are much larger than our waists). So sizing would be more complex. Dress you also need bust, shoulders, neck in addition to waist and hips. Arm circumference too if the dress has sleeves.

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