You see them in the halls. You see them in class. You see them on the street. You see them in the malls. They’re conspicuous, they’re obvious, they’re revealing. The identity of this presence belongs to no other than the article of clothing known as yoga pants. I declare that the question of whether or not yoga pants should be allowed in school should be considered mainly on the basis of their distracting qualities, especially towards the male species, and also on their contributions to social stereotypes.
First of all, an important point that needs to be is that yoga pants are very revealing – they stick tightly to the skin and often show underwear lines. This is distracting for both male and female students. The typical heterosexual male is, simply put, glued to this kind of revealing clothing. Yoga pants arouse the natural male sex drive and increase dopamine levels – unfortunately, yoga pants also decrease the amount of male attention spent on learning and studying in class. I concur that yoga pants contribute to America’s falling behind in the “education race” (Collegiate Times, 2o11). Yoga pants are also distracting for females – they encourage oftentimes unwanted attention and strengthen the view of females as sex objects – yoga pants practically showcase the buttocks. The real question, though, is why the distraction of yoga pants in schools is an important consideration when debating whether or not to ban yoga pants in American schools. The simple answer is: the fact that yoga pants distract is critical to consider because yoga pants have an indirect, yet significant, impact on test scores that determine the success of American schools.
Part of reason yoga pants are distracting in American schools is because they help enforce sexual stereotypes that have been around for centuries. Yoga pants encourage the view of females as sex objects and aid in the belief that females are of inferior status. Simply put, yoga pants iterate the idea that the most important quality of a female is her physical appearance. Psychalive.org provides a great point on the subject: “The media is guilty of exploiting the differences between men and women and of exaggerating the stereotypes to sell products. Sex is treated as a commodity to be exploited for profit.”. While obviously a bit extreme compared to the argument that I am presenting in this blog post, Psychalive.org is correct. The American media, taking advantage of the yoga pants fad for economic profit, is in the process exploiting the sexual stereotypes present for men and women – namely, that women are valued for their bodies and men only care about women because of their bodies. If someone is considering whether or not to ban yoga pants in a school, they do need to consider the sexual stereotypes yoga pants exploit, because the allowing of yoga pants in schools has detrimental, regressive effects on the fair balance of human society. And, of course, the display of females as sex objects, rampant in at least my own school (personal experience), is extremely distracting: to put it in layman’s terms, it is hard for the student populace to concentrate on standardized tests when there are butts hanging out everywhere. The physical transparency of yoga pants is a dominant creator of the distraction present in American schools.
In short, the considerations that need to be weighed most heavily when deciding whether or not to allow yoga pants in American schools are the distracting nature of yoga pants and the sexual stereotypes which yoga pants exploit. These considerations are the most important because they limit educational success (for example, the falling test scores of American schools compared to the rest of the world), and because they break down the standards for sexual stereotypes – yoga pants encourage the very same sexual ignorance and oppression that figures like Susan B. Anthony worked so hard to improve upon.