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The ‘New York Times’ Published an Editorial Slamming Women Who Wear Yoga Pants & Just, No

As if we haven’t already heard enough yoga pant and legging-bashing throughout the last few years (seriously, I thought we left this somewhere in 2015?), on Sunday, the New York Times published an opinion piece called, “Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women,” and let’s just say it did not go over well.

The piece, which was written by the Times’  senior opinion editor Honor Jones, includes multiple *pearls of wisdom* about why it’s apparently “bad for women” to wear yoga pants and leggings, alleging that the only real reason women wear them to the gym, yoga or bar class, is to look sexy. (Because, you know, it’s not like they’re comfortable or anything.) The “wisdom” dispensed by Jones includes this gem, “We may be able to conquer the world wearing spandex. But wouldn’t it be easier to do so in pants that don’t threaten to show every dimple and roll in every woman over 30?”

Instead, the author says women should stick to sweatpants that “no one looks good in,” later adding that she’s “annoyed by the entire booming industry around women’s exercise,” name dropping SoulCycle and barre classes as the supposed perpetrators of the leggings and yoga pants trend.

Considering that there are a lot of women that like yoga pants, leggings and attending exercise classes, the backlash was swift. Many were angry at the multiple parts of the article that seemed to imply that women only wear leggings to be sexy. (And as anyone who’s ever attended a hot yoga class or had to be ready in 15 minutes for an 8 a.m. class knows, this just isn’t true.)

Others were understandably not happy about the implication that women should be embarrassed to wear something that could possibly show off the fact that they have a flawed, real-life human body.

In short, let’s stop telling grown-up women whether to wear or not to wear leggings or yoga pants, because ultimately, IT’S OUR PERSONAL CHOICE. Okay? Thanks, bye.

Caroline is the Evening/Weekend Editor and Style Editor at Her Campus, a senior public relations major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leather jacket enthusiast.  You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @c_pirozzolo. 
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