“Choose jeans instead”: Leggings letter goes viral

Every now and then, a story pops up on your feed that is so ridiculously absurd, you think…

“Really? Is this true? Does somebody actually genuinely think this?”

Then you click into the story. And you are reminded that there are people in the world who have about as many brain cells as a small green tree frog.


This was my reaction to the now-viral letter a mother of four boys published in the Notre Dame student newspaper, titled, “The Legging Problem”.

For the love of all that is holy and sacred, she implores, can we scandalous females please refrain from wearing leggings in public, lest we arouse the attention of the opposite sex?

It’s reached such a point that this particular mother is ready to “find scarves to tie over the eyes of their sons to protect them from you!”

“I’m just a Catholic mother of four sons with a problem that only girls can solve: leggings,” Maryann White writes.

“I wonder why no one thinks it’s strange that the fashion industry has caused women to voluntarily expose their nether regions in this way. I was ashamed for the young women…

“My sons know better than to ogle a woman’s body – certainly when I’m around. Leggings are so naked, so form fitting, so exposing. Could you think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead?”

I’m not sure what reaction she expected, but the internet has been decidedly unhappy with her call to arms.

In response to the victim-shame-y tone of the letter, women globally have started posting pics of themselves wearing leggings alongside the hashtag, #leggingsdayND.

Meanwhile, a male student has responded in kind.

His full letter is excellent in its calm, considered approach, but the TL/DR version boils down to this:

“[Men] ought to know by now how to behave towards their female classmates. For the fleeting few that might not, the fault is entirely their own. No woman should be responsible to alter her dress so men might be aided in behaving appropriately.”