A New York Times opinion piece published Saturday is causing controversy for calling yoga pants “bad for women” and suggesting that those who’ve reached a certain age reconsider wearing tight leggings that “threaten to show every dimple and roll in every woman over 30.”
“We aren’t wearing these workout clothes because they’re cooler or more comfortable,” Honor Jones wrote. “(You think the selling point of Lululemon’s Reveal Tight Precision pants is really the way their moth-eaten design provides a ‘much-needed dose of airflow’?) We’re wearing them because they’re sexy.”
Part of the article’s argument does delve into the fitness industry as a whole, arguing that it is unsympathetically pressuring women to splurge on pricey athleisure looks at their own expense, but the implication that “sexy” and comfortable cannot coexist and the wide generalizations and blatant ageism of the piece has ruffled more than a few feathers.