It takes a bit to really rub me the wrong way.
But I found myself genuinely upset, disappointed and a tad outraged after reading the article, “Why I Chose To No Longer Wear Leggings” by Veronica Partridge. It got under my skin. The same skin that loves to grace yoga pants.
To sum it up, she is choosing not to wear yoga pants or leggings because she doesn’t want to entice men. She believes some men do not have as much self-control such as her husband, whom even admitted that it is tough not to look when women wear that specific article of clothing. She also wants to provide a good example of what to wear for her daughter.
Now you may be thinking, are we seriously having a debate about yoga pants? Yes. There is a lot more to it than you think.
While she starts with the disclaimer that this is her opinion and personal choice and that she isn’t telling women what to wear, I still felt outrage. It still felt like she was. Now this generalized viewpoint went viral and snuck into the minds of women everywhere.
My first reaction: “Hell no! I am not going to stop wearing yoga pants because of that.”
From a feminist standpoint, it feels like we are taking a step backward if we were to go with this choice of not wearing yoga pants or leggings in fear of enticing men. It almost feels insulting to women who have fought for our rights and freedom to be able to wear what we want today.
It also pains me to think that a woman is choosing to do this to herself and now influencing other women with her public article about this decision on her website. Essentially, with this stance, we are limiting ourselves due to men’s emotions and lack of self-control.
She states, “If a man wants to look, he is going to look, but why entice them?”
The sentence should have stopped after, “he is going to look.” He is going to look whether you are in sweatpants, a skirt, dress, or shorts. What if some men are attracted to red lipstick? Should we stop wearing that too? What if high heels are sexy to a man? Should we only wear those around the house as well?
Why do we have to think about not wearing things that makes us feel beautiful and confident out of fear that men might look at us?
As I have thought about and discussed this article, it starts to feel a little too ridiculous and a touch over the top. If I were to take a moment to be dramatic, I would challenge men not to wear golf pants. Maybe, while we are at it, we should write a letter to the Major League Baseball and demand they change the uniforms. Because how many women will deny checking out the athletes’ butts in those baseball pants? Husbands and boyfriends everywhere, have it known that those men will be enticing us as we sit through that game.
It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?
A man is going to look at me if he wants to regardless of what I am wearing. So I will be continuing to wear my yoga pants whether I am running errands or at the gym. I don’t care. I feel sexy and confident when I am wearing them. My skin is not showing and I do not have inappropriate body parts hanging out such as my breasts or butt.
It can be her personal choice to no longer where leggings in public. That is her decision, but I refuse to limit myself and how I feel inside and out. Let’s not limit ourselves, but rather,