While attending Mass at the University of Notre Dame last fall, Maryann White saw something that horrified her: leggings. And she took it to herself to stop girls from wearing them!
So far another discussion twirls around ladies wearing tights — this time after a self-depicted 'mother of sons' griped about Notre Dame understudies wearing the article of clothing at a Catholic Mass — specialists state it exhibits that sexism perseveres, yet a generational gap in thinking patterns gives hope for what's to come.
Condemning ladies for wearing leggings since they stick extremely close to their body facilitates the message that "rather than women being equally important characters … in society, they are seen through a male gaze," said Barbara Risman, human science educator at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A letter to the editor written by a lady who went to Mass at the University of Notre Dame was distributed in the Observer, the understudy newspaper, prior this week.
Her perceptions of a gathering of legging-wearing undergrads seated before her family almost instantly sparked a social media banter and an uproar from understudies.
"I thought of all the other men around and behind us who couldn't help but see their behinds," read the letter, titled 'The Legging Problem' "My sons know better than to ogle a woman’s body — certainly when I’m around (and hopefully, also when I’m not). They didn't stare, and they didn’t comment afterward. But you couldn’t help but see that blackly naked rear ends."
"I didn’t want to see them — but they were unavoidable. How much more difficult for young guys to ignore them," it continued. Her letter proceeded to ask female understudies to "think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead," Risman said the letter showcased that "women can be as sexist as men."
What's more, a twofold standard still endures in the society, where disgrace and judgment are related with how ladies may dress, however, not for men — a furthering of the view that ladies are not equivalent, she said.
However, the response by Notre Dame understudies flags that these perspectives could be generational, and a move is seemingly within easy reach, Risman said.
After the letter was distributed, Notre Dame understudies pledged via social media to wear leggings to class this week, while reprimanding the lady on her stance that it's dependent upon ladies to alter their closet to dodge poor conduct by men. One understudy gathering, Irish 4 Reproductive Health, pronounced Tuesday to be Leggings Pride Day.
On Facebook, the gathering expressed that the letter "perpetuates a narrative central to violate culture," and welcomed all understudies, male or female, to wear tights to class and post photographs of themselves social media.
"I really do think we are seeing a generational change here," Risman said. "It’s another case of young women saying, 'I won’t stand for this'."