Are yoga pants bad for women?
That's the question that set Twitter off this week after an opinion editor for the New York Times published an article on all the reasons why the athletic wear has no place in the fitness world.
"We aren’t wearing these workout clothes because they’re cooler or more comfortable," New York Times Opinion Editor Honor Jones writes. "We’re wearing them because they’re sexy."
Jones dives into her personal experience feeling ostracized at the gym for wearing sweatpants as all the other women donned "skintight, Saran-wrap-thin yoga pants."
She ponders the popularity of yoga pants during today's "cultural crisis" and poses the question: "Whatever happened to sweatpants?"
The TL;DR ("too long, didn't read") version of Jones' article is this: Yoga pants do more harm than good, because they are meant to be fashionable, not effective.
Of course, it didn't take long for the Twitterverse to clapback at the opinion writer who positions herself as pro-women with a feminist take on the whole yoga pants vs. sweatpants debacle.
Longtime yogis, like Kimmie Caruba, felt the article got it wrong to say yoga pants are just about looking sexy.
As someone who has practiced yoga for years, it’s unbelievable that you think we wear yoga pants because they’re “sexy?!” We wear them because they allow us to maneuver in ways other clothing doesn’t. Alternatively, seeing if you aren’t in the proper position is just as important https://t.co/cy70QBWnrF— kimmie caruba (@kimmiecaruba) February 18, 2018
Many reactions were similar to Jaime Green who says, "leggings and yoga pants are important because they don't *hurt* to wear."
Has anyone written about the fact that leggings and yoga pants are important because they don’t *hurt* to wear? Like, congrats if your jeans don’t leave red marks on you by the end of the day, but I’ve never known that life.— ✨⛸ Jaime Green 🥌✨ (@jaimealyse) February 18, 2018
Some saw the article as an attack on all women and their personal decisions.
Can there just be one magazine called Everything Women Enjoy Is Embarrassing and you can put all your judgy-ass op-eds in there, and I'll burn it as fuel in my red lipstick factory?— Linda Holmes (@nprmonkeysee) February 18, 2018
Overall, the overwhelming response from women went something like this:
I see someone has posted yet another op-ed on the perils of wearing yoga pants after 30.— Kodi Kat (@puma_legal) February 18, 2018
Lemme clear this up for everyone:
Wear yoga pants if you want to. If somebody doesn’t like your over-30 dimpled rolls... tell them not to look. Dress for you, not for anyone else