This wouldn’t be the first time men have tried to dictate what a woman wears. We hear it constantly.
Her pants are too tight and she’ll distract the boys at school.
She’s too old to wear a two piece bathing suit.
You should add an inch to your hemline very year after thirty.
Well, after a man of Barrington Rhode Island wrote an article speaking out against yoga pants – saying how the item of clothing shouldn’t be worn by women over the age of twenty – the women of Rhode Island decided to fight back in the form of a Yoga Pants Parade.
In a group of 300+ strong, yoga pants wearing women of all sizes and ages participate in a peaceful protest. The parade – which had been unofficially named “The Peaceful Pants Party” – was made up of mostly women (mothers with daughters, sisters with sisters, girlfriends with girlfriends). Many of the participants held up signs. One woman – who wore a pair of hot pink yoga pants – carried a sign that read “I’m 52”. Others women took a slightly more serious approach in their signs, carrying signs that read “Love Yourself” and “We Wear What We Want”.
Many of the participants held up signs. One woman – who wore a pair of hot pink yoga pants – carried a sign that read “I’m 52”. Others women took a slightly more serious approach in their signs, carrying signs that read “Love Yourself” and “We Wear What We Want”.
For many of the women who participated in the Peaceful Pants Parade, this is more than just about having their beloved yoga pants dissed by an article in the newspaper. This is about an age-old patriarchal issue, one where men find it okay to tell women what to wear. It’s been happening for centuries in the USA – remember the fines women would receive in the 1920s if they wore a bathing suit that showed their knees? – and it’s happening in many countries around the world today.
And, here’s the thing. Personally, I am a strong advocate of freedom of speech. As Voltaire once said, “I Disapprove of What You Say, But I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Say It”. So I have no issue with the man writing the article and expressing his PERSONAL opinion on yoga pants. It is his right to do so. It doesn’t matter if it hurt your feelings or you were angered by the article. It is still his right to express his opinion. However, we must ask ourselves these questions: ‘What made him have this opinion?’ ‘What’s wrong with our society that would make a man think it’s okay to ‘bash’ what a woman wears?’ and ‘How can we change their mindsets?’
Personally, I love yoga pants. So keep on wearing them ladies!