Letter: Women have every right to wear yoga pants

Posted 10/20/16

To the editor:

I'm disappointed, saddened and mostly scared that I live in a town where we allow a man to publicly body shame women. I want my daughter, sister, mother, and friends to wear what …

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Letter: Women have every right to wear yoga pants

Posted

To the editor:

I'm disappointed, saddened and mostly scared that I live in a town where we allow a man to publicly body shame women. I want my daughter, sister, mother, and friends to wear what they feel comfortable in and not be judged. Why should we “put away the yoga pants” Mr. Sorrentino? Why shouldn’t I love my body and dress in what I feel comfortable wearing?

I am a single mother. I am 100 percent responsible for what feels like EVERYTHING. Getting my children up in the morning, dressed, fed, and off to school on time. From there I go to work. When I leave work I race home to change (yes into yoga pants). I may exercise for a brief time because I care about my health, but trust me my free time is limited and I am rushing from the treadmill to school for pick up. From school we race to activities whether it is soccer, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, CCD, or play practice, but my day isn’t over there. After that I am responsible for dinner, homework, baths, and bedtime! If I want to wear my "stinky yoga pants" and that is one less thing I have to worry about, why criticize me? After reading your article I second guessed myself. Am I thin enough to be wearing yoga pant? Are other men looking at me this way? Then it hit me. Not one drop of my self-worth depends on what Alan Sorrentino thinks of me.

Shame on you Mr. Sorrentino. I thought we were encouraging our children and our schools that “Kindness is Cool.” I thought we were encouraging our Nation to “Make American Kind Again.” You have not been kind. I hope you don't have any women in your family who look up to you. Today was a sad day, but I believe in forgiveness. I believe that you thought the attention would mean something and it does! It means your bullying will not be tolerated. It means that hundreds of women (and men too) have rallied around each other and these amazing pants we may or may not do yoga in!

Best regards,

Alyson Boss

Barrington

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