A school in Evanston, Illinois is in the midst of controversy surrounding their dress code, and a new policy that supposedly bans leggings and yoga pants.
According to media reports that made the rounds, Haven Middle School in Evanston, Illinois had banned leggings and yoga pants because they were “distracting for male students.”
Sophie Hasty, a 13-year-old student at Haven Middle School, told the Evanston Review teachers said leggings and yoga pants are “too distracting to boys.” Hasty went on to argue, “not being able to wear leggings because it’s ‘too distracting for boys’ is giving us the impression we should be guilty for what guys do.”
Passionate arguments are on both sides of this issue.
ChicagoNow says, “If we start blaming girls’ bodies for robbing their male counterparts of an education, women are going to eventually be stuffed back indoors.”, a writer at
On the other side of the argument is USA Today Columnist Kirsten Powers who says, “Adult women have transformed children into monsters merely for finding the contours of a girl’s body attractive. The only people being shamed here are the boys.”
Call me a feminist, but I believe the fault here lies entirely with the school administrators. It is perfectly natural for teenage boys to drool over teenage girls. Teenage boys are going to drool over teenage girls no matter what the girls are wearing.
Instead of telling girls not to wear yoga pants because it causes boys to be distracted, how about teaching boys to be mindful? Cultivating mindfulness gives people power over themselves. It’s never too young to teach our kids to be mindful.
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