I never heard any such thing said about bell bottoms. How is dogmatic to find repulsive, well, repulsive? Bell bottoms may have looked unattractive, but had a fashion precedent in sailor pants of a bygone era. Not even close to apples and oranges. I doubt anyone ever feared a bell bottom clad youth whereas today their aggressive look whilst sagging, grabbing their crotch sends an immediate rape chill up any woman's spine. Recently there was a youth thus attired and walking about with an open shirt. A female cop stopped him and disgustedly ordered him to pull up his pants and button up the shirt.