The other day while walking through the Walmart parking lot, I noticed a woman who was wearing a t-shirt that said, “Leggings are not Pants!”. Since I was taken aback by this slogan, and I was wearing the seemingly outlawed leggings, I simply pivoted as I passed her, so that she could see that I was indeed not only wearing leggings but using them just like pants! (On a side note, maybe I should have been wearing them as a headscarf? – I’ve always assumed you wore them as pants. Have I been mistaken all this time?) – Oh, the horror of it all. This of course reminded me of the school and airline bans all aimed at leggings and yoga pants. We also have had legislators who have tried to make not only leggings and yoga pants illegal, but also female nipples – now don’t get too cold, women, you might get arrested! I have a problem with other people telling me (or anyone) what we can and cannot wear. The interesting thing about all these bans, is that, of course they have to do with what women and girls are wearing. This is not about banning clothes that men wear.
From my own observations, it is quite obvious that the problem isn’t so much what women are wearing, as it is the male reaction to those articles of clothing. Lest you think that it only has to do with what we’re wearing in our day-to-day lives; our clothing is used to shame us as well. You get catcalled? Well, look at what you’re wearing – you deserve it! Raped? Well look what you were wearing – you were asking for it. On a personal note, after I was assaulted, beaten and left for dead, one of the responding police officers offered up the observation that my extremely large sweat pants and hoodie were somehow to blame for the assault. There was no skin to see other than my face and hands, but that was the problem. My face and hands were somehow “asking for it”. This shaming and focusing on women and girls is the problem. Boys and men need to step up and realize that they are sharing the world with females, who have a right to dress as they like. Just get over it already – after all, we have to deal with your Speedos!
I’ve left some links below. Look into the situation and let me know what you think.