When it comes to clothing I’m a comfort guy first! I like cool stuff, but it’s gotta be relatively easy to wear and the fabric gotta be feelin’ just right on my skin. Shorts, shirt and flip flops in the summer (early mid April to Early October) jeans or corduroy or cotton pants, pullovers or zip ups, sweatshirts….I’m tellin’ ya easy is the word, so I’m a little confused about this protest about leggings, tights or yoga pants. They ain’t fo me (or any guy really), but I get why the girls like em! A letter written by a mother concerned by the number of women wearing leggings on the Notre Dame campus has sparked backlash and protests. “I’m just a Catholic mother of four sons with a problem that only girls can solve: leggings,” Maryann White wrote in a letter published in the student newspaper. Ms White explained that the sight of leggings obtruded painfully on her during a visit with her four sons, and made it “difficult for young guys to ignore” women’s bodies. She notes that while attending a Mass service at the Catholic university with her family, a group of women in front of her wore “snug-fitting leggings” and “short-waisted tops”. “I was ashamed for the young women at Mass,” Ms White wrote. “I thought of all the other men around and behind us who couldn’t help but see their behinds.” “Think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead,” she suggested to the female students. The letter sparked an immediate backlash from students, who argued that their choice of clothing should not be policed and women should be free to wear what they want. A student group, “Irish 4 Reproductive Health”, organized “Leggings Pride Day”. It encouraged people of all genders to wear leggings proudly on campus. The event was designed to protest against the “age-old sexist trope” that women are responsible for the actions of men, who are characterized as incapable of controlling themselves. A number of students shared photographs of themselves wearing leggings to social media as part of the protest. Women wearing leggings and yoga pants away from the gym has become more common in recent years, and the garments have been the focus of a number of controversies. One male student wrote a follow-up letter to the paper urging his female classmates to “wear what you want”. “How you dress for Mass is not a reflection of your character, nor does it disqualify you from dignified and respectful treatment from the rest of us,”.
So where does your opinion fall on this very controversial topic? Inquiring minds want to know! Namely me!!