To Ban Or Not To Ban Yoga Pants?

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It has been well established that I am a big fan of stretchy yoga pants.

There have been many a day where I have both began and ended my day wearing them with no change up in between.

I’m going to be straight with everyone. I don’t do yoga. I’m not against yoga, as a rule, it’s just that I don’t trust my flexibility to bend rather than break. On the other hand, being a full time mother is also a full day workout. My youngest is a 20 pound kettle bell that I have to also feed.  Just this morning I did the 50 yard trashcan sprint after hearing the trash truck further up the block and realizing that my trash receptacle wasn’t out to the street. Today may have been a personal best.

Long story short, mothers have earned the right to wear yoga pants, regardless of their skill with “Downward Dog.”  I’m pretty sure that there are millions more just like me.

Now this beloved of most fashion choices has come under fire by one lawmaker. Rep. David Moore of Montana sponsored a bill last week against “indecent” clothing, suggesting that “yoga pants should be illegal in public.”

STOP. THE. BUS.

Did I not just explain how millions of women wear and love them?  I guess my experience with yoga pants has been pretty benign.

Sure my favorite pair has a little hole in it, but really that is not indecent!

So armed with my righteous indignation I exercised my Google Fu, to make sure that Yoga Pants were being worn responsibly:

My first entry was “Girls in Yoga Pants”. Let’s check in with that!

Are you serious? I thought the whole point of Yoga Pants was to be comfortable. What I was seeing didn’t look all that comfortable!I had to tell the 10 year old boy eating breakfast over my shoulder to look away.Probably not one of my better parenting moments.

OK, so perhaps girls in yoga pants like THAT might be considered indecent, but what about all of the millions of other women who do NOT abuse the privilege?

Clicking to the next page didn’t improve things at all. “C’mon, those aren’t even really PANTS. Not in the traditional sense!

So while the internet was not helping me make my case, I am still holding strong to my pro- yoga pants stance. If America bans yoga pants, the Communists have already won. . .

<Pause for a Fact Check>

Jensguy who actually lived in Russia, claims that Russian women have been wearing these types of leggings for decades at the very least, easily back into the Soviet Union Days.  He does submit that there is a good chance that many of these leggings were made of wool, which isn’t really selling right now here in ‘Murica.  Also, they might have been called ballet pants. . .

I’m kind of concerned that Jensguy is touting himself as some kind of yoga pants historical expert.  The upside, however, is that there is no causal relationship between Communism and the lack of yoga pants.

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All right, enough with the internet searches. I decided it was time to hit Facebook with this important discussion on yoga pants!

I asked Jensguy (mostly to give him something useful to do that didn’t involve laughing at me, or researching yoga pants pictures on Google himself) to please post on his Facebook wall the following question:

“OK, the wife is writing a blog article on the controversy and suggested banning of  yoga pants. She needs feedback, yay or nay. OK, Go!”

What resulted was a hilarious comment string involving MANY people. Here’s some of the best:

God bless yoga pants!

“Live and let live.”

“They can only ban them if they also outlaw low riding see your butt crack pants for men!”

“It might be  a whole different discussion if men wore them everywhere.”

<Interesting to note, I also learned via this discussion that Oklahoma is also considering banning yoga pants.>

Guy named Ralph- “I LOVE my yoga pants!”

Other Guy named Bobby- “Washing mine out right now. You gotta be clean. I only wear them out in public…”

I am now seriously considering a new blog series entitled,  “Ask Jensguy’s Facebook Friends Anything.”

Sheesh people I need you to help me out here!  At this point I am almost feeling like I may need to scrap this post and move onto the merits of wearing caftans or mumus.

Nope, THAT is not happening!

Because guess what? I typed this entire post wearing yoga pants, with a brief intermission at the Library for baby story time. I would also like to point out that I sat in this story time with no less than 8 other mothers who in solidarity also wore their yoga pants!

I submit that yoga pants aren’t going anywhere! Try as you might lawmakers, here’s what American women have to say to your futile attempts!

We will wear our yoga pants at the zoo.

We will wear them at the library too!

We will wear them here or there.

We WILL WEAR THEM ANYWHERE!

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!

Love,

Jen





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  1. LOL I want one of them mumus for around the house… Yep, I wear my yoga pants just about anywhere I can wear pants. On a particularity bad day recently when two of the kids and I all had some form of illness I even wore them to the doctor’s office. I like to pair mine with the mom bun and if I am feeling the need to dress up, a t shirt with designs on it or possibly even buttons. :)
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      Mexicans (since I am one) have a variation of the mumu. It’s kind of like a big flowery mumu. Just a little shorter. The hubs has politely asked that I refrain from this fashion trend, but oh how I want to!!

      P.S. Long live the Mom bun!!!
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  2. We will revolt if they take our yoga pants! We will all wear mumus!

    I’ve seen some women wearing tight yoga pants in public, but the Google image search seems to classify *tights* as yoga pants.

    No, but seriously, don’t understand why tight pants are garnering so much discussion lately, when going to the swimming pool where everybody wears next to nothing is regular and fine.
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      Could you imagine a world FULL Of mumu clad women? It would be awesome, we probably wouldn’t even have to wear bras?? Ok maybe that isn’t the best selling point, but a world full of bra-less mumu wearers should scare off any woebegone politicians!

      I hear that the reason the politician was upset and wanted to introduce the law was because a bunch of naked bicyclists rode through his neighborhood. I have lived in Montana, the people who would be brave enough to do that in the winter WOW!! One second outside naked and you would loose body parts!!
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  3. I did totally see this legislator wanted to ban yoga pants and think if he did try, eh would so have to endure the wrath of most if not all moms in this country. So, in essence, I think he would be a damn fool who would be signing his own death warrant pretty much. But still, I will not be getting rid of my yoga pants any day soon here myself!
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      Thanks Sandee!

      See now you actually use them for their intended purpose. I am a sham who has never taken a yoga class, perhaps that should be my next challenge eh? Wear my yoga pants and actually work out……
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  4. hahaha! I’ve learned to love my yoga pants. But I like to buy mine nice and thick. No see-through yoga pants for me. And, honestly, some of the black “work” pants I wore in my younger days weren’t far off from yoga pants, anyway. #yogapantsforever!
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  5. I wear my yoga pants daily! I agree there are those who abuse the system, but what about the guys who wear their pants with their boxers hanging out. (Have they forgot how the belt works?) If they take away my yoga pants I’m going naked!

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      Thanks Christy! I know that comment in the Facebook stream was dead on. When I was at the library yesterday (of course clad in my yoga pants) and there was this guy needing to hold his pants up or they would fall down when he walked!! Oh please how is that not worse than my yoga pants??
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  6. Dr. Seuss would be proud, my friend! Love the little poem at the end :). You should definitely survey Jensguy’s facebook friends more often. Hilarious! I really hope mumus don’t take the place of yoga pants. They remind me of my very cranky grandmother. She wore them everywhere! Not a good look…
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  7. I heard the whole banning of Yoga pants the other day on the news and was pretty shocked. Then, after reading this, I opened a tab on my laptop and Googled Yoga pants to see what you were talking about… Let’s just say I don’t really know where these people live but I have never seen anything like that around here… Then again I really don’t leave the house too often these days! They will never take away our Yoga pants because, well I don’t know of anything more frightening than a large crowd of angry Yoga pants wearing Mom’s… Can you?

    Oh and I think the new series entitled “Ask Jensguy’s Facebook Friends Anything” is a terrific idea because those comments were hilarious! I also loved the Yoga pants version of Dr. Seuss! ;-)

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      Oh no do your eyes burn now?? I may be scarred for life from what I saw! Luckily like you, I do not see such things on a daily basis.

      P.S. You just made me giggle as I envisioned the angry hordes of “yoga pants” Moms as we picketed our state capitol buildings. Now that would be something for the memory books!

      I had fun reading all of your other linky participants! Have a great rest of your week!
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  8. How is it possible to ban yoga pants and not mini skirts? Or crop shirts? Dear America, I’d like my freedom back.

    You know what I wore all day? LEGGINGS! Skin freaking tight with my panty lines showing. Take that Montana!
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      Oh my gosh you are fabulous!! Have you checked the girls in yoga pants site to see if you have been unknowingly featured there? Luckily they are usually faceless behind pictures. I really wish I could now block some of the recurring images from my brain I saw during my short visit there!
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  9. It will never happen! Never. Not in the home of the free and the land of the brave! Or land of the free and home of the brave? I’m so tired right now.
    I don’t even own yoga pants so if they do get banned, that’s when I’ll wear them because I’m a rebel.
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      You silly girl, hopefully you went to bed right after this!

      In all truthfulness though I am going to have to Google search this one….Ok, its land of the free and home of the brave. There you go. Happy Thursday!
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    1. Smart idea to cover your rear end after I looked at the plethora of faceless tushies on the girls in yoga pants site. I am worried someone someday might catch a picture of mine and put it up. Although those may have been selfies.
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  10. I just wanted to say thanks for the laugh! I live in my yoga pants. I go to the gym in the morning then shower and put on clean yoga pants…It just makes chasing a toddler that much easier! There is no way they will be able to ban yoga pants…there will be a lot of mad mommies on their hands! Thanks again!
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  11. I say wear the yoga pants. I’m a big proponent of doing what you have to and what you can when parenting. And if that means being comfortable while I pry my cell phone from my one year old’s curious hands, or sprint toward the kitchen because she’s dipping her hands in our nasty garbage can, I will. They’re for comfort, not sexuality.

    And honestly, that Montana politician should find something better to pass and legislate than the banning of yoga pants. Or his constituents should seriously consider voting another official in public. Someone who will actually put important issues in the forefront of his/her agenda…

    Thank you for sharing this! It made me laugh, it made me think, and most importantly, it made me wear my yoga pants with a lot more pride :)
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      Hah that is awesome, returning the pride of wearing our yoga pants!! They are more than a fashion choice for sure. They are like a badge of honor for surviving womanhood and on :)

      I read through the story of why he was even suggesting the bill and it is because a bunch of bicyclists rode naked through his neighborhood. Um, those people have to be some crazy messed up bikers because it is about negative something there right now!! I am not sure there needs to be much more punishment than they already self inflicted.
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  12. I actually read through the bill because I was going to immediately write my legislature about it <– true story. Although this dimwit ran off his mouth, the day they ban any form of clothing in my state is the day I plan my next move.

    But I will say that nude colored yoga pants – bad idea. It's just a bad idea.

    Long live yoga pants!
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      Oh believe me my little taste of all that in my Google searches left me a little more than just scarred. The nude ones are a TERRIBLE idea, but so are Speedos on most people who are not professional swimmers and camel toes (someone in Jensguys comment stream suggested banning camel toes and I had to Google it, dumb and another bad idea). Anyway, my sister the attorney wrote a a lengthy rebuttal saying the second she can no longer see a scary, hairy butt crack is the only way to make this whole discussion fair. Yeah, scary hairy butt cracks are another scar worthy sight :)
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      For me those yoga pants have became an all too slippery slope. It’s just so easy and pleasurable to stay in my comfy pants all day. I’m trying. For example today I took a sick kid to the Dr’s office in jeans! I had a sweatshirt on as well, but……
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  13. Hi Jen , looking on the positive side; for Councillors to be proposing bills to ban yoga pants in Montana and Oklahoma things have to be generally pretty good there or that would be the last things on their minds….And what about those butt crack exposing jeans that some men wear? Or have they already been banned?

    Or maybe they’d been checking out the same stretch of internet as you!

    Thanks for the giggle!
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      I wish those butt crack exposing pants had been banned!! True enough I lived in Montana and things are pretty good there. Occasionally we would have a run in with a bear or have raccoons invade our yard, but all in all it was a good place to live, well unless they actually ban my favorite clothing piece….
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      1. If I lived there I’d be in a constant state of excitement! At the moment I am counting the days until the swallows arrive back from there winter hols. If there were the chance of seeing a bear or a racoon in the garden I’d probably never sleep! And certainly wouldn’t get anything done!
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          Oh goodness the one run in I had with a bear was terrifying! My neighbors all told me when we moved there to not mess with a bear and her babies. What I am not going to mess with a bear anyways, but note taken they are more fierce with their young. The next week I was walking along the lake with our dog and my baby when across my path comes a mama and her baby. Luckily, she passed by all of us and didn’t look back!
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  14. “Yoga pants by near, yoga pants by far, yoga pants in the gym, yoga pants in the car”. Anything you turn into a Dr. Seus rhyme is serious business. I personally can never find yoga pants long enough without looking like I’m waiting for hightide. However, the way you feel about yoga pants, is how I feel about leggings. If they ban them I might die. I feel every woman has the right to be comfortable, and if men can’t keep themselves from ooogling (not sure how you spell that) whose problem is that?!? Thanks for sharing! #shinebloghop
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      I read an article from a married man who in a rally to ban leggings and yoga pants discussed how “very hard it was not to look and get excited”. I was like what, that’s super gross and even sadder to admit! I am NOT excited by seeing your hairy scary butt crack!

      Long live comfortable wear!
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  15. This. Is. Awesome.

    Yoga pants are my life saver. I can get away with “getting dressed” without actually wearing real pants. Because we all have those days where jeans are just not an option.

    And as a side note…. totally commented on this while wearing yoga pants.

    You rock Momma!
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      YES!! Seriously if Victorian woman had had yoga pants as an option don’t you think there would have been a whole heck of a lot less “indisposed time”? I kind of feel like yoga pants are the world’s way of saying sorry for those girdle and panty hose things we have had to wear :)

      Keep wearing those yoga pants my friend :)
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      Seriously I think there are some gems of knowledge just waiting to be discovered and shared with the world from the hubs Facebook “friends”.

      Totally agree!! My pajama pants look just like well pajama pants and I think the world should be grateful when instead I show up in yoga pants rather than the other.

      Thanks for stopping by :)
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  16. I couldn’t help it, I had to google it too! And maybe it’s an 80’s thing but we called the way-to-tight things I saw in those pics leggins. The kind we used to wear with oversized/long sweaters. I thought yoga pants were looser, like pj bottoms. Never thought I would actually think of the 80s as a conservative fashion period. #tiredofselfiegeneration In all seriousness though, it’s a silly argument to take away yoga pants. It’s like saying we should close walmart because of peopleofwalmart.com.
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  17. So funny, Jen! Love this one. Thank you for linking at Snickerdoodle. This gave me a good laugh! I must admit that I do not have any yoga pants – simply because I have never purchased any. I do think it is hilarious the “mommy wars” going on about it. Take ’em or leave ’em. I think we should get to choose regardless! :)
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