Catholic moms are worried that leggings are corrupting their adult sons and it is not sitting well with women.
One mom took it upon herself to write a letter itothe Notre Dame University student paper "lecturing" female students at the school for wearing yoga pants.
Maryann White wrote the letter to The Observer complaining that leggings make it too hard for her sons to not look at women’s bodies.
“I’m just a Catholic mother of four sons with a problem that only girls can solve: leggings,” she wrote.
“I wonder why no one thinks it’s strange that the fashion industry has caused women to voluntarily expose their nether regions in this way. I was ashamed for the young women at Mass. I thought of all the other men around and behind us who couldn’t help but see their behinds,” White wrote, adding that “you couldn’t help but see those blackly naked rear ends. I didn’t want to see them — but they were unavoidable. How much more difficult for young guys to ignore them.”
“I’m fretting both because of unsavory guys who are looking at you creepily and nice guys who are doing everything to avoid looking at you,” she continued. “For the Catholic mothers who want to find a blanket to lovingly cover your nakedness and protect you — and to find scarves to tie over the eyes of their sons to protect them from you!”
“Leggings are so naked, so form fitting, so exposing. Could you think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead? Let Notre Dame girls be the first to turn their backs(ides) on leggings,” she added.
White’s letter sparks legging protest:
White’s letter did not sit well with the female students at Notre Dame and junior Anne Jarrett quickly helped organize a protest called “Leggings Pride Day” in response, CNN reported.
"The way that [White] used modesty in the letter as sort of like a call to women to do better was the same argument that I had seen a lot," Jarrett told the outlet.
Jarrett said the protest has gotten a lot of support -- including from guys.
"I've been surprised by the amount of support that this has gotten from male and masculine-presenting students," Jarrett said. "My guy friends have sent pictures to me in leggings. People in classes have said, 'Look at all of the guys in my class wearing leggings today.'"
"College women have most likely been picking out our own clothes for a long time and we are going to continue to do so," she added.
Christian moms have long condemned leggings:
"Many young Christian women feel perfectly comfortable wearing leggings, while others see them as not just unflattering but immoral," Ruth Graham wrote at Slate. "The result is seemingly endless cycles of debates within the Christian community about the communal ethics of spandex, a hothouse version of the broader cultural debate. “Modesty, Yoga Pants and 5 Myths You Need to Know”; “To the Christian Men and Women Debating Yoga Pants”; “Yoga Pants and What the Bible Really Says About Modesty”; “Should Christian Women Wear Leggings?”; “Why I Chose to No Longer Wear Leggings”; and my personal favorite, “Leggings: A Catholic Man’s Perspective.” For what it’s worth, America is doing pretty well right now by traditional measures of Christian morality: Teen abstinence is up; teen pregnancy is down; divorce is down. The visible-butt revolution has not ruined us yet."