Listen up, ladies!
A random man in Rhode Island thinks you should stop wearing yoga pants, according to a letter published in the Barrington Times.
Well, you can wear them to yoga. The rest of the time, no. And he has very kindly volunteered to enlighten us as to why.
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You can read this thoughtful critique of the female form and fashion sense, written by Alan Sorrentino, on East Bay RI's website. But here's the thesis:
"Yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature's blessing of youth. However, on mature, adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public. Maybe it's the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the spector of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age."
The letter finishes, "I struggle with my own physicality as I age. I don't want to struggle with yours."
Well, we are so very sorry to hear of your struggle, sir.
Unfortunately, Sorrentino was about to struggle a bit more ... because his address was published along with the letter. And a group of yoga pant-clad women engaged in a Yoga Pants Parade past his house last Sunday.
"This is not a hateful protest against Alan," the Facebook event description read. "This a wonderful group of people celebrating our bodies and our right to cover them however we see fit. And while yoga pants seem to be a silly thing to fight for, they are representative of something much bigger — misogyny and the history of men policing womens bodies."
Participants were asked to bring sanitary products to donate to a local women's shelter. The event ended, of course, with yoga. Public yoga. Pants and all.
TODAY reached out to Sorrentino, who despite the event's stated intention has felt personally targeted by the response to his op-ed. He said the reaction, which has included hate mail and chalk markings on the street outside his home, has been "perverted."
"It’s a real first amendment right to say what I want," he said. "What I wrote was a joke. It was parody. It was satire. No matter how women feel about their bodies, that doesn’t give them the right to attack people in their own home."
Especially not while wearing yoga pants.