Alan Sorrentino of Rhode Island really hates women wearing yoga pants in public unless they happen to be children or women under the age of twenty. The 63-year-old man penned a letter to the editor of the East Bay RI newspaper that said women should wear a “nice pair of tailored slacks” and that yoga pants are “stinky.” The man who penned the letter is now being heavily criticized for his opinion in the letter that he wrote.
“The absolute worst thing to ever happen in women fashion is the recent development of yoga pants as daily wear outside the yoga studio…
“From casual to formal, weddings, funerals, shopping, and even for the workplace, yoga pants are everywhere on women of all ages, usually paired with a blousy top and a pony tail hairdo. What a disaster!
“Like the mini-skirt, yoga pants can be adorable on children and young women who have the benefit of nature’s blessing of youth. However, on mature, adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public. Maybe it’s the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the spector[sic] of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age that makes yoga pants so weird in public.
“A nice pair of tailored slacks, jeans, or anything else would be better than those stinky, tacky, ridiculous looking yoga pants. They do nothing to compliment a women over 20 years old. In fact, the look is bad. Do yourself a favor, grow up and stop wearing them in public…
“To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age. I don’t want to struggle with yours. Thanks,
Sorrentino may think that women wearing yoga pants is a “spector [sic] of someone coping poorly with their weight”, but he has likely realized now that many woman cope even more poorly with a man’s criticism of their clothing choices or how women look in those clothing choices.
During a time when sexism and sexual harassment is a hot topic in the presidential election, hundreds of women in the Rhode Island town where Sorrentino lives decided that a parade of yoga-pant covered bottoms in front of Sorrentino’s house was the proper response, according to the Huffington Post. Now the man says he is receiving death threats from hostile women and he wants to be left alone because their marching is “vicious” and “intimidating.” He said that now he and people who live in his home are afraid to go outside and to go to the store. He has compared the wrath he is enduring about his yoga pant opinion to the wrath he endured when he came out as a gay man, according to LGBTQ Nation. He said he was simply attempting to make a light-hearted attempt at humor since the news is so saturated with the presidential election.
After the tremendous backlash, he has said that it was not a serious letter and that he himself owns yoga pants. He said he thought he might join the yoga pants parade in front of his house, but he changed his mind. He said that his freedoms are being trampled on. However, even though he claims the letter was meant to sardonic, and women can wear whatever they want, they “probably wouldn’t if they knew what men said about them behind their back.”
Females under age twenty are exempt from his ire, which has left some women very confused, as one woman pointed out that nothing happened to her bottom or thighs between the last day she was twenty and midnight when she turned twenty-one. According to The Daily Mail, Sorrentino said he thought nobody would take it seriously and that he would be thought of as a grumpy old man. He said that he thought the reactions were disproportionate to what he wrote about yoga pants.
“It was meant to sound stupid and creepy.”
The women who marched by his house in yoga pants demonstrated peacefully, but they said the parade was about far more than yoga pants – it was a march against oppression of women and misogyny in general, as well as the policing of women’s bodies, according to Wish TV.
Readers, are yoga pants okay in public? Is the letter an affront to women, and did women overreact to Alan Sorrentino’s opinion about yoga pants? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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