By Grace Vasquez
I love my yoga pants! I wear them all the time…at home or yoga! Saying that, I do see some women wear their yoga pants everywhere and I’m okay with it but apparently someone at the New York Times is not.
The paper recently ran an op-ed piece that argued yoga pants are “bad for women,” and as you can imagine, gals aren’t at all happy about it.
The op-ed, written by senior staff editor Honor Jones, argues that yoga pants are constricting, unforgiving and too sexy, noting they “threaten to show every dimple and roll in every woman over 30.” Hmm. I wonder if Jones has ever worn yoga pants? They are very comfortable. It sounds like Jones has a problem with yoga pants being “too sexy.”
The column also blasts companies like Lululemon for charging high prices for such items, and notes that gals are wearing yoga pants just to “look hot at the gym,” and not for function, urging folks to embrace wearing baggy sweatpants like in the past. I wonder what he wears to the gym? What if someone else finds Jones gym attire “offensive” or too constricting for his body? Can that person write an op-ed for the NYT?
And as expected yoga fans voices were loud on social media chimed in with their opinion about the article, with many suggesting it is body shaming women, since it’s arguing that only those with perfect bodies look good in yoga pants. And don’t forget, only if you are UNDER 30! So let’s throw in ageism.
So the response on this anti-yoga op-ed were fast and furious but this one on Twitter was my favorite: “I see someone has posted yet another op-ed on the perils of wearing yoga pants after 30,” one person wrote. “Lemme clear this up for everyone: Wear yoga pants if you want to. If somebody doesn’t like your over-30 dimpled rolls… tell them not to look. Dress for you, not for anyone else.”
Nailed it! ~grace
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