It’s 2019, but shaming women for their (100% natural and normal) bodies is still seemingly an every day occurrence. Case in point: On Monday, March 25th, the University of Notre Dame’s student newspaper The Observer published a letter to the editor from a woman named Maryann White, who implored female students to stop wearing leggings. White began her letter by writing, “I’m just a Catholic mother of four sons with a problem that only girls can solve: leggings.”
White explained that she had recently seen a group of young women wearing leggings to mass and “felt ashamed” for them because of how form-fitting their outfits were. She argued that wearing leggings was disrespectful to the men who “must” look at women’s bodies.
She added, “For the Catholic mothers who want to find a blanket to lovingly cover your nakedness and protect you — and to find scarves to tie over the eyes of their sons to protect them from you!” (Does anyone else feel as tired as we do?)
The self-described Catholic mother concluded her op-ed with: “Could you think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead?” Naturally, Notre Dame students were not here for White’s body-shaming. According to The Observer, students wore leggings in protest of the letter on March 26th and 27th.
At the end of the day, everyone deserves to dress in a way that makes them feel comfortable. Women are not responsible for men’s behavior, and perpetuating that notion is not only regressive—it’s dangerous.