Montana Lawmaker David Moore Wants To Ban Yoga Pants, Other ‘Provocative Clothing’ On Women

A Montana state representative knows just what the people of Montana need: a ban on Yoga pants!

As Mother Jones reports, the Missoula Republican is apparently still upset over something that happened last August: a group of naked bicyclists rolled through Missoula in an event called “Bare As You Dare.”

Why Mr. Moore wants to take his anger out on soccer moms wearing Yoga pants isn’t clear, but his feelings on them are.

“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway.”

The proposed bill, HB365, would make public nudity a crime in Montana. It would also make “provocative clothing” that leaves little to the imagination, such as Yoga pants, illegal, according to The Washington Times.

“Any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, public hair, anus region or pubic hair region, or exposes any device worn as a cover over the nipple or areola of the female breast that simulates and gives the realistic appearance of a nipple or areola while in a public place or visible from a public place without taking reasonable precautions to prevent exposure, and disregards whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by the act.”

The law makes an exception for breastfeeding mothers.

Another portion of the law actually lessens the penalties for so-called indecent exposure. Without the revisions proposed by Mr. Moore, a person convicted three times for indecent exposure could theoretically face life in prison. Under the proposed guidelines, a “third strike,” so to speak, would result in “only” five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

This is not the first time the Montana legislature’s collective obsession with how women dress has made the news. Late last year, according to this Inquisitr report, the Montana legislature passed a dress code that was seen as largely directed at women.

The bill’s co-author, Walt Hill, says via The Billings Gazette that the proposed ban on provocative clothing would help maintain Montana’s image as a beacon of modesty and decency.

“I want Montana to be known as a decent state where people can live within the security of laws and protect their children and associates from degrading and indecent practices. I believe this bill is written preserving that reputation.”

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