People are pissed about a “New York Times” op-ed that claims yoga pants are “bad for women”
Following the February 17th publication of a New York Times article titled “Why Yoga Pants Are Bad For Women,” many have taken to Twitter to share their displeasure with the article’s author, Honor Jones. Jones argues that women aren’t wearing yoga pants for their functionality, but for their sexiness.
Jones suggests that by wearing yoga pants, women are buying into societal pressure to always look their best for others, even while doing something solely for themselves. She writes,
"We felt we had to look hot on dates — a given. We felt we had to look hot at the office — problematic. But now we’ve internalized the idea that we have to look hot at the gym? Give me a break. The gym is one of the few places where we’re supposed to be able to focus on how our bodies feel, not just on how they look. We need to remember that. Sweatpants can help."
Many have since taken to Twitter to argue that by choosing to wear yoga pants, whether for their design or functionality, women are in fact practicing liberation.
Countless others wrote that more often than not, yoga pants aren’t worn for their appearance at all. They actually make exercising and practicing yoga (which is their actual purpose) easier.
Others were angered by her implication that women over a certain age shouldn’t wear yoga pants because of how they look. Jones wrote that yoga pants “threaten to show every dimple and roll in every woman over 30.” Obviously, her body-shaming rhetoric didn’t sit right with many.
Perhaps it’s time to stop quibbling over women’s wardrobe choices. Let’s support each other and focus on the larger issues at hand rather than yoga pants vs. sweatpants.