More than 300 women, young and elderly, proudly donned their yoga pants on Sunday in Barrington, Rhode Island, and marched outside the home of a man who dared to tell them what to wear.
Alan Sorrentino wrote in a letter to the editor published in Barrington Times that it was “bizarre and disturbing” when “women over 20” wore the skinny, athletic wear.
“Not since the mini-skirt has there been something worn by so many women who should never have it on in the first place. Yoga pants can be adorable on children and women who have the benefit of nature's blessing of youth,” he said. “However, on mature adult women there is something bizarre and disturbing about the appearance they make in public.”
The letter caught the attention of one Jamie Burke and “struck her in the gut.” She decided to organize a protest, right outside Sorrentino’s house.
Hundreds of people, most of them in yoga pants of various colors and style, took part in the protest and marched along neighborhood streets holding placards proclaiming, “Peaceful Pants Party” and “Love Your Body.”
When they arrived at Sorrentino’s house, they saw a large sign stating “Free Speech” hung on the house.
However, Burke said the parade was not specifically targeted against Sorrentino. Instead, it was part of a larger movement against sexism and men policing how women dress.
Sorrentino has since recanted and said his letter was meant to be a “joke” and the response to it was “over-the-top crazy.” He also added he had gotten death threats after the piece was published, calling the response “vicious and intimidating.”
Meanwhile, women have argued they were within their rights to stage a peaceful demonstration.
Sorrentino has not apologized as of yet, but he stated if women wearing yoga pants learned “what guys were saying behind your back when you had them on, maybe you wouldn't.”