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A New York Times opinion piece called for women to stop wearing yoga pants to the gym. Not everyone agrees

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People nationwide are criticizing a New York Times opinion piece in Sunday’s paper that calls for women to stop wearing yoga pants to the gym.

“Now we’ve internalized the idea that we have to look hot at the gym? Give me a break,” wrote Honor Jones in the piece titled “Why Yoga Pants Are Bad for Women,” which on Sunday became hotly debated on Twitter. “The gym is one of the few places where we’re supposed to be able to focus on how our bodies feel, not just on how they look. We need to remember that.”

In the piece, Jones laments the ubiquity of the tight-fitting workout leggings, asking: “Seriously, you can’t go into a room of 15 fellow women contorting themselves into ridiculous positions at 7 in the morning without first donning skintight pants? What is it about yoga in particular that seems to require this?

“We aren’t wearing these workout clothes because they’re cooler or more comfortable,” she continues. “We’re wearing them because they’re sexy.”


However, the piece led many to voice their support for the form-fitting attire, with some yogis pointing out that the body-hugging design has a valuable function.

Some also pointed out what they said were hypocritical opinions in the piece.

Others mocked the title of the piece.

Meanwhile, many simply defended their favorite loungewear.

A representative from The New York Times could not immediately be reached for comment.

The backlash echoes a controversy that gained notoriety in New England in recent years. In 2016, then-63-year-old Alan Sorrentino wrote a letter published by the Barrington Times in which he proclaimed: “To all yoga pant wearers, I struggle with my own physicality as I age. I don’t want to struggle with yours.” The author, who hails from Barrington, R.I., later told the Globe that the letter was supposed to be sartorial satire: “It was in the face of all this political stuff, with all these really important issues going on, and then there’s this letter about yoga pants,” he said.


But not everyone was laughing. In fact, the letter went viral, and prompted hundreds of people clad in yoga pants to march past Sorrentino’s house.