This guy’s essay about why women shouldn’t wear yoga pants to work is making us shake our heads
In case you forgot that sexism is all too real, Andrew Martin, a “business developer, recruiter, and blogger” from Houston, Texas, published an essay about yoga pants that proves that women’s bodies continue to be seen as public property meant to be debated about on LinkedIn of all places.
The essay, “Five Reasons Not to Wear Yoga Pants to the Office,” is so freakin’ frustrating.
In his list of reasons why we shouldn’t wear yoga pants to work, he talks about everything from yeast infections to yoga pants making us look younger, but the absolute worst part was when he, as expected, he talked about how yoga pants draw “excessive emphasis” to our bodies.
Yep. A recruiter really said this, on the internet, in 2016.
"Is your workplace really the place you want to show off your glutes?" Martin wrote. "You can wear what you would like to work, but what you wear is a signal to other people about who you are."
He follows this up via a good ol’ backtrack to cover his bases, saying, in parenthesis, mind you,
"(I am not saying that what you wear gives anyone the right to disrespect you; I am just making an observation.)"
Just, like, UGH.
Don’t worry, guys, because the comments were actually *so* fantastic.
One commenter TOTALLY killed it, saying,
"Do you 'get it?' I'll address the elephant in this room. Professional women don't need a man's help deciding what to wear to work. Top to bottom, this is the most misogynistic thing I've read in a while."
THANK YOU. In a world where women’s bodies are continually hypersexualized, we can promise you that essays like this are nothing new. We’re told what to do and say and wear to be taken seriously *constantly* and yet no one wants to talk about the fact that femininity is seen as inherently unprofessional.
While we’re sure Martin didn’t mean to stir up so much with this essay, at the end of the day, it plays into dangerous misogynistic stereotypes that push the idea that women can’t think for ourselves, let alone function in a professional setting, without the help of a random guy.
Thanks, but no thanks.