Leggings and Yoga Pants Controversy
School dress code has appeared more frequently on news and has become a topic of discussion in recent years. Especially regarding what females are allowed to wear to class. Rules regarding a females dress include that dresses, shorts, and skirts may be no longer than a dollar length from the knee or fingertip length. One may not expose bra straps, wear camisoles or tank tops without some form of cover up and the newest addition revolves around the banning of wearing yoga pants and leggings to class. Some schools allow leggings to be worn on the condition that the female wears a shirt that covers the rear. Most would say that these rules are applied because schools want girls to dress appropriately but lately the reasons schools have been throwing around revolve around how girls clothing may distract the male students. Did you read that correctly? Yes you did. If I were a parent I would be very upset that there are restrictions on my what my child would be able to wear, I am all for being appropriate but when you base these decisions off male students it becomes ridiculous. I myself had been sent home for my attire because my shorts were an inch shorter than my finger tips. ONE INCH. Why is it that I have to bear uncomfortable heat here, only to keep a male from getting distracted?! If the boys cannot handle yoga pants that a majority of girls wear for comfort, don’t you think that is their problem? I do not believe it is right we punish our girls for showing leg, or wear leggings because there is nothing wrong with it. I have yet to see a male get riled up over seeing a shoulder on someone who has a tank top on. Males should be credited to having more self control over what thoughts occur in their mind, but limiting a girls choices because of them? Not acceptable in my book. “Regardless of where you fall in the great leggings versus pants debate, girls should never be held accountable for what goes through the minds of boys,” was written by Julianne Ross who explored a middle school who’s students are fighting the policy and covered it in a blog story.
Amelia McDonell-Parry elaborated on the idea that “women dress to satisfy men.” She addressed in an article a male opinion, that yoga pants cannot seriously be worn for comfort outside of a gym or work out environment. To say the least, I think she summed it up pretty well.
“So, because some men have managed to sexualize stretchy yoga pants, that means stretchy yoga pants are now inappropriate/slutty/cause for “alarm.” Because the standards for what it’s okay for women to wear should be dictated by men’s libidos. Nearly every woman I have talked to about this — in the office, on Facebook, on Twitter — has echoed the sentiments of the women commenting on the GMP piece: we wear yoga pants because they are comfortable. Period. The suggestion that we A) wear them because we want sexual attention from men and B) that therefore they shouldn’t be worn in scenarios in which that attention would be “inappropriate” takes all the responsibility for controlling male lust off men and places it on women. And that is some bullshit.” -Amelia McDonnell