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People are slamming The New York Times over an op-ed on why yoga pants are 'bad for women'


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.

Many reactions were similar to Jaime Green who says, "leggings and yoga pants are important because they don't *hurt* to wear."

Some saw the article as an attack on all women and their personal decisions.

Overall, the overwhelming response from women went something like this:

What do you think?

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