I’ve finally figured it out.
Leggings are so much more than a controversial fashion fad; they’re society’s ULTIMATE, most comfortable excuse to squeeze nasty little words like “camel toe”, “pedophile”, “ass-grab”, and (eeeeek!) “bush” into everyday conversation.
Leggings allow a woman of any size or form to literally embrace her shape, yet a glimpse of a woman’s lower silhouette invokes the demons of sexual discussion like no other fashion trend. EVER.
It’s a piece of fabric, people. Get the hell over it.
A year ago, when I wrote a column about a perceived leggings ban in my town, the piece set off a firestorm and the column went viral. While I’d hoped to see the school board (ahem) tighten its loose wording on what students could and could not wear (it did), the column also struck a nerve: Picked up by journalists, it was debated internationally by prominent news organizations, including Slate, the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, UPI, Jezebel, CNN, Yahoo and FOX News; the discussion frequently turned to rape culture and the 1st amendment.
These discussions prompted an unintended framework I can best describe as a faceless pulpit of putdowns. So visceral were thousands of haters demanding females cover their rear ends that, even one year later, I still get emails like this one from someone with the word “boofer” in his address:
I’m a 37 yr old man with a 15 yr old son, full legal physical custody of. Gf with a 17 yr old daughter, live together fight with her daughter about this issue all the time.
Mind you, I may be 37, but I’m far from dead, my son isn’t anywhere near but these leggings do become an issue at our local school as well.
Case in point, 17 yr olds school choir concert required everybody to where black slacks… All but 2, roughly 90 or so 13-18 yr old young ladies all wore leggings/yogas. My son pointed out the commando’s, but in our community, young men, black, white, green or purple, wore slacks with belts. Same choir concert.
I’ve heard they are comfortable, fine. Girls like them. Great, unbelievable workout gear, hence the name, yoga or exercise outfits.
Comfortable, but out of every argument I’ve read so far, feminist’s are pushing the blame on testosterone driven males as the problem when its not that. It may not be bare skin, but just different colored skin over the same junk. If you’ve never, never ever looked at an attractive person of the opposite sex, regardless of age, then you are such a closed minded educated f@#$ing moron and will call you a f@#$ing liar! Why we have child actors, something they offered from personality to possible future physical looks, example, Hermione Granger from harry potter, ya, cute Lil girl, but was gonna be hot when she got older. Am I a sicko, no! She was appropriately dressed, behaved, everything. If she wore yogas commando and a tank top? She wouldn’t have had the same appreciation that she has.
Modesty is a virtue. Better to leave something to the imagination then not. If leggings continue, why not bikinis next?
Is it fair to school staff to see the lower half of young girls pretty much exposed? I’m not a pedophile, but if I was, I don’t need internet porn of kids to see it!
Another thing, unlike Germany during WWII, Jews had to wear the star of David, our pedophiles don’t wear blaze orange outfits or vehicles do they? I don’t want my friends daughters who I care deeply about showing off what’s to be private. Hell, I’m an atheist, restraint in good judgment is best. I’d never allow my daughter to wear that stuff! I made her, so I don’t want the world to see what I made aside from her physical contribution’s to this world. And yes, she is one of those young ladies that can, but shouldn’t wear that stuff. When she gets older, I’ll say flaunt it, but not in middle school cuz not one of those boys are millionaire’s.
Old addage said, just because you could, does that mean you should?
One last thing! If males didn’t see n ass or legs in near bare or bare form, how would we reproduce??? Bad example, how old was Edgar Allen poe? His cousin/wife? Fight nature all you want, you’re never, never, never gonna win.
Testosterone is the sex hormone, both sexes have it, so why should boys, young men be ridiculed for being awokened to newly created hormones n feelings in their bodies? Created by life/nature over billions of years?
And then the object of their desires, hidden from them or not, all of a sudden be looking at their desires (school sweetheart) and see almost no clothes covering the holiest of holy places any teenage boy wants to see/touch/feel/experience???
You can’t prevent nature. Men will always look at women with lust, not all but still. Only education will help them, but that said education needs to be first before the known problems will cum up!!!
Men are not the problem, creating a good, safe, appropriate learning environment is tantamount to a prosperous environment. Look at India, no education teaching fairness of sexes, yet their women dress like ours, yet their rape levels are way over ours. Education first, but either sex, keep those asses covered. As a parent, that’s my decision, and my decision is I don’t want a sex offender staring at my kids, nor any other parent looking at me like I can’t teach or raise my kids appropriately.
Seriously? You want me looking at your daughter wearing “pants” tight enough I can see how thick her bush is or if she shaves???
Shame on me right? As a parent, you just let your kid get victimized, and you don’t deserve your kid(s) cuz you don’t respect them enough to properly raise them, to respect themselves and blame your short comings as a parent on young teen boys… As an adult woman, you have less power and authority then teen boys over your daughter?
Then maybe its not just the boys, but the girls too showing off as well, but then again, who allowed the girls to behave that way? Piss poor parents and their lack of parenting. My girls will never do that crap to me, cuz as a parent, I taught my girls better.
Fine, I’ll wear speedos out in public, scare the kids, but since my big manhood is covered, its good in public right? Can I wear that teaching 5th or 6th grade too?
I’ll save this email forever — and pray that child protective services pays a visit. What a dad.
Now, regardless of opaque or whisper thin, women’s leggings have altered human dialogue about women’s bodies and opened wide the…um…floodgates of debate about what’s “acceptable” to talk about.
Before leggings appeared on the national fashion landscape, “camel toe” was a term so shockingly inappropriate that even someone as irreverant as Khloe Kardashian dropped it less often than an F-bomb about her mother.
I think back to my high school swimming unit, circa 1985, with students wearing swimsuits purchased from the school.
Boys breezed out of their locker room wearing loose-ish, boxer-type fabric while girls clumped together, huddled in fitted, one-piece getups without nipple padding or pelvic lining. Regardless of’ our development or body type, the suits put the individual female form on sharply glaring and oh-so-clingy display. We’d cross our arms to hide our breasts and tug at leg openings to free our netherworlds. Why? Never for each other…but because the boys were leering and the teachers ignored it.
Why in God’s name don’t boys try wearing a one-piece bathing suit, even one time, at the start of school swimming units? Imagine the potential for empathy and understanding. Seriously. Just try doing a skit like this in a one-piece bathing suit in front of a live audience. Now THAT’s talent.
I don’t pretend to understand what it’s like to have external genitalia, but offer me a way to share the shame of shrinkage and I’ll be first in line to write about it. But until boys understand the what it’s like to walk others’ shoes — or to shiver poolside in form-fitting, transparent lycra — the idiotic, uninformed and heartless jabs at the female psyche will continue.
It’s been 30 years since I wore that damn high school bathing suit, and it covered less than any pair of leggings today, including, as one commenter wrote, the “see through variety that shows a fat-ass girl’s ratchet snatch.” That guy. What a charmer.
The female body is here to stay, exactly how it is and, while you’re unquestionably free to judge, disapprove, dislike or get turned on by what’s on it (or not on it), YOU are the indecent one if you don’t keep your insults contained behind your own fatass, ratchet*, cameltoe lips.
* BTW, I might not understand what “ratchet” officially means, but I know enough that it’s nasty.