Man writes opinion about yoga trousers; women take to the streets

"And while yoga trousers seem to be a silly thing to fight for, they are representative of something much bigger - Misogyny and the history of men policing women's bodies".

"To all yoga pant wearers", wrote Alan Sorrentino, of Rhode Island, in a letter to the editor, "I struggle with my own physicality as I age".

But those who marched said it didn't matter what Sorrentino's intentions were, and that ultimately the trousers protest wasn't even about his specific words - it was about taking a stand against a culture and climate that allows for the restriction of a woman's free will. Sorrentino would later say that his piece was meant to be satirical, and he thought it would be a welcome break from the heated discourse surrounding the us presidential election. "It was men and women standing up against casual sexism and the policing of women's bodies". Seems to me that it would be equally logical to ask Sorrentino to look away, start wearing a paper bag on his head, or otherwise avert his eyes, but in his letter he suggests that women "grow up and stop wearing them in public". "I don't want to struggle with yours". Because Sorrentino also wrote in his letter that yoga trousers do nothing to complement women older than 20, DiMarco carried a large red sign that said, "I'm 53".

One parade-walker, clad in bright red yoga trousers, held a sign that read: "I'm 53".

They also used the parade as an opportunity to collect donations for Sojourner House, a non-profit organisation that helps abuse survivors rebuild their lives. Though Sorrentino's letter spurred the idea, Burke and the other organisers made sure to emphasise that the event was not a hateful protest against him. "But I'm really excited about this".

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I sometimes wonder why we don't throw yoga trousers parades every day, to celebrate the miraculous stretchy garment that freed women once and for all from the constant struggle of having to choose between comfort (aka thoroughly unpresentable sweatpants) and style. So all these women said screw you, buddy.

Here's the question I have: Why is it "misogyny" to point out that some women are simply too old or too large in girth to wear clothes on the street that make them look like the balloon dogs at your 5-year-old's birthday party? If your ancestors who squeezed into corsets could see you now! Yoga trousers belong in the yoga studio.

The army of women eventually passed by Sorrentino's home on Sunday afternoon, reported NBC 10, where taped to his siding was a side that said: "FREE SPEECH".

But the man's apparent clarification didn't stop almost 300 women on Sunday from donning their own pairs of yoga trousers - tight and multi-colored - and marching through Sorrentino's Barrington neighborhood.

Just before the parade-goers wearing yoga trousers in every style and hue began a leisurely stroll in Sorrentino's quiet neighbourhood, Burke addressed the crowd and told them to turn to one another and say, "You are awesome". Some had posted lawn signs that said, "Welcome Yoga Pants".


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