Last Thursday as we gathered outside the exercise room waiting to start our class, it was mentioned that a lawmaker in Montana wanted to outlaw yoga pants! What? I immediately looked it up on my phone! Montana state representative David Moore was quoted to say yoga pants should be outlawed! The whole class had a big laugh!
This reply all came from his response to a nude bike race. Mr. Moore wrote a state law that would outlaw exposure of nipples and genitals or any clothing that would accentuate those parts. Law 365 stating “any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region” was tabled by the legislature. This story made a lot of venues on TV and in print. I even found a story from BBC! This proposed law comes from a state that has a law that gives life in jail and up to$10,000 for being convicted of indecent exposure three times!
I get the idea that Mr. Moore's goal was to protect citizens from seeing nude bike rides. Personally, I don't need to see people hanging out as they ride. Everybody has there own sensibility for what should be worn in community. But I am concerned about laws that tell us how to dress. What most concerns me is his quote, "Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway.” The idea behind this is that tighter clothes is distracting to people, especially to men looking at women. This has been seen before when some school systems have banned yoga pants as not to distract male students. I hope we are not heading back into the early days of the United States when women had to cover their bodies.
During the class I could not help but think of this yoga pants ban as we did downward dog and other asanas that might be distracting to people like Mr. Moore. Luckily for yogis in Montana, yoga pants will still be allowed on the streets!
What do you think?
Here are some links:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2015/02/12/absurd-things-that-almost-happened-montanas-yoga-pants-ban/ great satiric response!
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.