Yoga Pants a Civil Right?

Kirsten Powers writes something smart in the USA Today about the so-called ban on yoga pants at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Il.

This is what feminism has come to: fighting for the right to wear yoga pants and leggings to middle school. This pressing civil rights issue made headlines when girls in Evanston, Ill., protested rules that they said banned the bum-hugging clothing for creating classroom distractions.

A feminist flash mob attacked Haven Middle School for shaming girls and promotingrape cultureEliana Dockterman wrote in Time that the school’s argument “is not that distant from the arguments made by those who accuse rape victims of asking to be assaulted by dressing a certain way.”

Actually, it’s a universe away.

Rape is a physical attack and a crime. Pubescent boys noticing girls’ bottoms is neither. Still, two parents wrote to the school asserting, “We really hope that you will consider the impact of these policies and how they contribute to rape culture.” A feminist writer tweeted, “#RapeCultureIsWhen we tell 13-year-old girls they can’t wear leggings because it’s ‘distracting’ to the boys.”

Haven’s administrators say they never claimed that the form-fitting pants were distracting to boys, though they surely are. An Evanston parent reported that the principal told her the school was merely “trying to figure out a way to tamp down the sexualization of middle-school girls.” Isn’t that a goal feminists support?

Instead, they react as if the school mandated burqas for all girls. It turns out that there was no “ban.” It was actually a policy that leggings must be covered with a shirt that is “fingertip length.” Oh, the inhumanity.

Needless to say, the sisterhood was not sated. Feminist website Jezebel asked why “the solution is to make girls cover up instead of … teaching boys to not be gross sexist pigs?” This echoed Dockterman’s complaint that “we tell women to cover themselves … but we neglect to tell the boys to look at something else.”

Let’s remember, we are talking about 13-year-old boys. Adult women have transformed children into monsters merely for finding the contours of a girl’s body attractive. The only people being shamed here are the boys. Their crime is being human.

This isn’t the first time pants created controversy. In 2013, Kenilworth Junior High School in Petaluma, Calif., banned “too tight” pants. According to a local news report, a mother wore skinny jeans in solidarity with her daughter declaring, “Boys need to be taught to respect women no matter what they’re wearing.” But a boy noticing a girl in body-hugging pants is not disrespectful. Nor is it something he needs to — or can — unlearn.

The professional feminists look at middle school and see 13-year-old male oppressors dominating in the battle of the sexes. School administrators see what’s actually there: children. Haven Middle School appears to be trying to create the best possible learning environment during a critical transition period in kids’ lives. Good for them.


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4 Responses to Yoga Pants a Civil Right?

  1. Well, when I was in middle school girls were only allowed to wear jeans on football Fridays. In fact, girls and boys were separated in the classroom and in the lunch room. Girls on one side, boys on another. Things were much more strict back in those days.

    When the girls did get to wear jeans, did the boys look at their butts? You’re damn right we did. The girls wanted us to, otherwise they wouldn’t have worn jeans. Did we rape them? No, we simply enjoyed the view.

    This is the problem with modern feminism. It’s anti-male, anti-marriage, and anti-child. A woman can do whatever she wants, but a man is a criminal for being a man.

    The way a woman dresses attracts attention. That is what she wants, attention. She wants to attract a man. Modern feminism treats male attraction as a crime. But thinks nothing about females exposing themsleves. If she didn’t want the attention and the attraction, then she should have dressed more appropriately. Modern feminists conveniently ignore that simple fact in their desperate quest to blame men for all things gone wrong, particuliarly being a man.

  2. Doug Spoonwood says:

    “Needless to say, the sisterhood was not sated. Feminist website Jezebel asked why “the solution is to make girls cover up instead of … teaching boys to not be gross sexist pigs?” This echoed Dockterman’s complaint that ”we tell women to cover themselves … but we neglect to tell the boys to look at something else.””

    Shave your legs so that they look more attractive. Then tell boys NOT to look. I should feel surprised by such cognitive dissonance. But, I’ve seen it too many times before.

  3. Dennis says:

    Exactly Doug. If boys DON’T look, girls get upset too.

    Jezebel was the name of a Biblical villain, an evil false prophet who led people astray. Like her namesake, I hope that blog gets thrown out a window and eaten by feral dogs.

  4. Carolyn says:

    I’m really shocked by the way this phrase “rape culture” has taken off. It’s so vile. You wonder what the backgrounds are of the people who use the term and seem to see everything through the rubric of “females as perpetual victims”.

    Maybe the parallel with the biblical Jezabel is apt. I defintely considered myself a feminst for years because I thought it just meant that I was strong and open to the same opportunities as males. Oh- and I was indignant at any act of chivalry- like having a man hold a door open for me. True- it didn’t happen often, but I always thought- I can open the door myself! Like I was a Rosie the Riveter of doormen or something… I was basically just a teenage malcontent and fell into the ideology of an “ism”. But even then- (and I went to an uber- liberal college) I would never toss around a term like “rape culture” willy nilly.

    At this point- I’m not shocked that some college students fall into the trap of using the term or fighting for stupid things because taht’s what most college students in America do. They are full of passion and energy and doing everything for the first time- and they have tons of free time and a platform. But middle aged parents in the Midwest should have a bit of wisdom.

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