The other day I saw this article in my newsfeed that apparently has gone viral. A Christian blogger who is happily married and a mom decided to no longer wear fitted leggings and yoga pants. Of course she received harsh criticism from the world for this decision, some people have even accused her of setting feminism back decades with a decision like this. Others are stating that she is perpetuating this belief that men can’t control themselves and all of the responsibility lies with and on women.
I own a pair of black lululemon yoga pants. And I must admit that I have worn them outside the gym on several occasions, usually paired with a cool t-shirt and black boots. But this is something that has also been on my mind, the questioning of if it’s something I should do. I’ll tell you why I started thinking about it. I was crossing the street and I saw this poor homeless guy sitting on the floor with his sign. I was drawn to him and looking for a few bucks to give him. A girl walks by in yoga pants (her bum was basically at the same level as his face since he was sitting) and he nearly broke his neck. Obviously I realize that just because a man is homeless doesn’t mean he isn’t drawn to a nice bum in yoga pants like every other man on earth.
But the same day I had that familiar experience that most women have of having to walk past a group of guys and feeling the tension in the air. I could feel them staring a hole through my backside and although they couldn’t see my face it was completely red. I think this experience is different for each woman and can even vary for a woman depending on the day. How aggressive is the guy? How creepy does he look? Are there times where it’s flattering because you feel like you “still have it“?
I think I already dress pretty conservatively. You will usually find me in a dress most days. On the rare occasion that I’ve worn a fitted dress or shorter dress the reactions I’ve received make me so embarrassed that I usually regret the decision. I once had a close friend tell me that if she had my body she would have been a prostitute :-/. She wasn’t joking.
Check out this clip from Good Morning America on Veronica’s decision.
“For the past several months, I have been having a conviction weighing heavy on my heart. I tried ignoring it for as long as I could until one day a conversation came up amongst myself and a few others (both men and women). The conversation was about leggings and how when women wear them it creates a stronger attraction for a man to look at a woman’s body and may cause them to think lustful thoughts. God really changed my heart in the midst of that conversation and instead of ignoring my convictions, I figured it was time I start listening to them and take action.” – Veronica Partridge
What do you think? Is she being extreme with this decision or do you see her point?