A New York Times opinion piece is getting ridiculed online for calling yoga pants “bad for women,” and championing for the return of sweat pants.
The article claims that women “aren’t wearing [yoga pants] because they’re cooler or more comfortable” than sweat pants, but “because they’re sexy.”
“(You think the selling point of Lululemon’s Reveal Tight Precision pants is really the way their moth-eaten design provides a ‘much-needed dose of airflow’?) We’re wearing them because they’re sexy,” the author writes.
The author goes on to call out the athleisure industry, which made a whopping $46 billion in 2016, as well as studio fitness classes.
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“Frankly, I’m annoyed by the whole booming industry around women’s exercise, which is perhaps most evident in the rise of studio classes. According to the Association of Fitness Studios, Americans spent around $24 billion on studio fees in 2015, or about $4 billion more than they spent on traditional gyms — and that spread has only increased since then. Naturally, women are spending the most; they outnumber men in studio classes by more than two to one,” the author says.
The article finally finishes with the author’s main point – that sweat pants should be at the forefront of all gym-goers wardrobes, instead of tight-fitting pants that “threaten to show every dimple and roll in every woman over 30.”
Since its publication, women have taken to social media to call the article out for “body shaming.”
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One user wrote, “Okay @nytimes. 1) I am sure you had your pick of thoughtful opinion pieces for this Sunday’s edition…and this was your choice? 2) Women writing op-eds about other women’s sartorial choices is bad for women 3) You can have my yoga pants when you pry them from my cold dead booty.”
Another wrote, “The New York Times is apparently against women wearing yoga pants. Being against yoga pants is one of the most absurd opinions I’ve ever heard.”
While one simply tweeted, “Instead of reading the New York Times yoga piece, try doing literally anything else.”
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