Yoga pants are a trend that has received attention from multiple sources, ranging from demeaning perspectives like this man’s to the “Activewear” You Tube video that pokes fun at all of the places that women wear their active wear.
While I find it hard to believe that he saw someone wearing yoga pants as a wedding guest, he is right that women are wearing stretchy, comfortable clothing more and more in public places.
His reasons for objecting to this trend include the following:
“Like the mini-skirt, yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature’s blessing of youth. However, on mature, adult women there something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public. Maybe it’s the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the specter of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age that makes yoga pants so weird in public… I struggle with my own physicality as I age, I don’t want to struggle with yours.”
This man is allowed to have a personal opinion on whether he likes what someone is wearing, and yes, he even has the right to free speech to express that opinion. But here’s where I draw the line: he does not have the right to use misogynistic language or to expect women to change what they wear in order to make him more comfortable.
He does not have the right to objectify women by saying that he’d be happy to look at young, fit women in yoga pants but not “mature, adult women.”
He does not have the right to publicly demean others with his words or actions based on their age, appearance, or gender identification.
The women of his small town agree. They’re writing letters to the editor in droves to voice their opposition to his comments.
They’re even planning a yoga pants parade to show the pride they feel for their bodies and to assert their right to make decisions about the clothes they wear.