26 October, 2016
Maybe it's the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the spector of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age that makes yoga trousers so weird in public.
When a local Rhode Island paper published a man's letter to the editor calling women over 20 who wear yoga trousers "disturbing", outrage swiftly turned into a community cause.
"From causal to formal, weddings, funerals, shopping, and even for the workplace, yoga trousers are everywhere on women of all ages, usually paired with a blousy top and a pony tail hairdo". Sorrentino would later say that his piece was meant to be satirical, and he thought it would be a welcome break from the heated discourse surrounding the USA presidential election. "It is women fed up with the policing of our wardrobes and our bodies".
In an interview with the news programme WPRO-AM, Sorrentino explained that the letter was meant to be a humourous observation that would divert attention away from the United States presidential election and that he didn't expect it to cause so much upset among women in Rhode Island.
'Do yourself a favor, grow up and stop wearing them in public, ' he suggested. "I don't want to struggle with yours". They do nothing to compliment a women over 20 years old.
"This was not about a bunch of ladies parading around for their right to wear yoga trousers", Burke told Reuters. Not according to one Rhode Island man, whose letter to the editor sparked a body-positive protest in a small coastal town. "I don't believe it - if he was really kidding, he would have joined us".
As part of their peaceful trousers protest, the women collected feminine hygiene and sanitary products to be donated to a local domestic violence shelter.
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Hundreds of women, girls and other supporters proudly donned their yogapants Sunday as they peacefully paraded around the Rhode Island neighborhood of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous.It shouldn't matter where a woman wears them.
Isn't it actually a form of even more corrosive misogyny to regard women as so fainting-couch-ready that they can't endure the smallest criticism of their appearances?
"He can kiss my yoga pant wearing @$$", wrote one woman. There is no reason for you to be publicly condemning so many women for their choice in clothing.
He said the letter was a satire, but Burke, who said she had invited Sorrentino come along to the parade, said she was not amused.
Signs hoisted into the air nearly suggested a new political movement: "Peaceful Pants Party".
Just before the parade-goers wearing yoga trousers in every style and hue began a leisurely stroll in Sorrentino's quiet neighbourhood, Burke addressed the crowd and told them to turn to one another and say, "You are awesome".
"I live in this neighbourhood, and it's weird to see so many people from outside this area marching through for yoga trousers", said high schooler Catie Cauzzone, who took part in the parade with three friends.