Some people think that politics is the most divisive subject on the planet. I disagree: It’s leggings.
Seriously, people will lose their minds about leggings, especially if they’ve decided that they are single-handedly turning schools into dens of sin. Confused? Well, leggings are in the news again. More schools are starting to ban this oh so scandalous piece of clothing.
“In the Evanston, Ill., Haven Middle School this month, girls were reportedly told they were not permitted to wear shorts, leggings or even yoga pants because, the principal allegedly claimed, they were “too distracting” for the boys… a Petaluma, Calif., junior high attempted a similar ban on the same grounds, claiming initially that yoga pants and tight jeans would be prohibited.”
Are you with me? Then you’ve probably heard these five offensive reactions towards leggings:
1) Boys will have too many inappropriate reactions
Look, some guy staring at your butt because you’re wearing leggings isn’t your problem. Period. You’re never responsible for the sexual harassment you receive. I hate when women are supposed to be responsible for men’s actions, especially when we’re just minding our own business, living our lives. Maybe the fact that we act as if men can’t control themselves contributes to them making the same excuses for other things, like sexual assault. “Oh, she was wearing such tight pants that I couldn’t control myself.” Um, I call BS!
2) They’re slutty
I hate the word slut and all of its variations, especially when it is applied to an opaque set of fabric that covers your body from waist to ankle. Do people go around calling ballerinas big ol’ sluts when they’re prancing around in their leotards? No. So why are people flipping out over something as innocent as leggings?
3) They’re Too Distracting
I don’t believe in applying dress codes on the basis of something being distracting. Just because I think my classmate’s shirt is hideous and is, therefore, distracting me, that doesn’t mean that she shouldn’t be allowed to wear it. Where do we draw the line? I’m all about schools having a zero-tolerance policy for clothing that promotes offensive beliefs, but this is ridiculous.
4) They’re too revealing
Not unless they’re see through. But I think people also have a problem with the fact that they leave very little about a woman’s frame to the imagination. So here’s what we need to do: Accept the fact that butts exist. Then, maybe we won’t have such a hard time accepting clothing that dares to reveal their shape. Accept the butt, folks. Accept it, because it sure as hell isn’t going anywhere.
5) They’re only appropriate if you wear them like [insert personal style preference here]
Can we stop acting as if there is only one appropriate way to wear leggings? I swear, not a single conversation about leggings can happen without someone saying, “Well, I guess it’s okay if you’re wearing a dress or a super long shirt.” What they really mean is, “I guess it’s okay as long as I don’t know you’re wearing leggings.” If someone wants to wear leggings as a layering piece under a dress, so be it. If someone wants to wear a pair of leggings with a crop top, so be it. It’s really not the end of the world.
Our society needs to stop twisting everything women do into some Batsignal for men to lose their self-control. Wearing leggings isn’t an invitation for everyone to look at our butts and it isn’t a plot to seduce every man within a four mile radius either. So let’s come to an agreement: The only person responsible for getting distracted by the outline of a butt to the point of being unable to pay attention in class is the person who is so distracted by the outline of a butt that they can’t pay attention in class.
We need to stop putting the burden on women for daring to have bodies.
Do you think that it’s fair for schools to ban leggings? Are schools simply acting practical or acting sexist? Tell us in the comments!