People posting shaming pictures of women on social media sites isn’t new. Hell, along with kitten videos and political commentary, they are the backbone of the internet.
I did a podcast for Genneve. I wrote about the events leading up to the taping of the podcast. I’ve listened to this twice now and I think I’m done. It drives me crazy. Oh, make sure you listen for the sound of my squeaky chair as I am incapable of sitting still. Ever. Anyway, one of the things I spoke about was women wearing leggings.
I don’t think I said enough about the leggings thing.
The reason I don’t think I said enough about the leggings thing is because women wearing leggings is often one of the following: the topic of conversation, the subject of a Facebook meme, the subject of an article, or the reason your local pearl-clutcher is in a tizzy.
I am working at letting go of thought patterns or behaviors that feed into the accepted misogyny that we’ve lived with since forever. I see cracks in the misogyny armor. I do. I also see the ways I contribute to misogyny. I am positive I’m not finished learning about my behaviors and beliefs that need to be examined and changed.
Anyway, we love to hate on women wearing leggings.
I will admit that I do not understand the flesh colored ones. I am not saying you shouldn’t wear them. That is not my call. I am just saying wearing flesh colored leggings would be akin to living out the “out in public naked” anxiety dream.
Maybe, that’s the point? I’m not sure. I am just going to continue not wearing them. I am also going to continue to try to not give flesh colored leggings the side eye.
And if I don’t? Totally, doesn’t matter. I still get no say in another woman’s decision to adorn her body in the manner of her choosing. And if I feel I do have a good reason to denigrate another human based on what they have adorned themselves with, then I must consider that I am being an asshole.
We’re better than being ugly to each other. It’s hard, sometimes, to recognize when we’re being assholes. I mean, we are dealing with decades of conditioning.
So, because I love you all, I have developed a guide for you. This guide will demonstrate the proper way to use leggings as well as identify ways that leggings should not be used.
Ways to inappropriately use leggings:
Storing raw chicken
Wearing them as a hat
As an effective sling shot
Something to stuff with rocks so you can weigh a body down
As a Christmas gift for your male boss
As a burnt offering to a pagan god
Ways for younger women to appropriately use leggings:
To cover their ass and legs
Ways for women over age 50 to appropriately use leggings:
To cover their ass and legs
There you have it. If leggings are being worn as a way to cover nakedness, then the person wearing the leggings are using them correctly! No need to have an opinion about it!
Also, I’m not sure if I’m right about not using them as a way to weigh a body down. They might work. I would think cinder blocks and chains would work better, but what do I know?