Women Protest Against Man's Letter Asking Them Not To Wear Leggings In Public

Over 300 women in Rhode Island, US have taken to the streets in protest against a man's letter that calls the appearance of women wearing yoga leggings as 'bizarre and disturbing'

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It's safe to say that 2016 has officially been the year of off-duty athleisure fashion.

From running trainers on a night out, leggings for brunch or a pair of tracksuit bottoms while shopping, never has there been a fashion trend – sported by the likes of Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner - that ticks the boxes of minimalism, comfort, practicality and style.

So, why then did over 300 people in Barrington, Rhode Island go on a protest this week on the subject of yoga leggings?

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Well, last week Barrington inhabitant Alan Sorrentino wrote in a 'Letter to the Editor' in The Barrington Times to complain about women who wear yoga leggings, calling them 'bizarre' and 'disturbing'.

In his complaint about the sportswear, Sorrentino wrote: 'Not since the mini-skirt has there been something worn by so many women who should never have it on in the first place.

Maybe it's the unforgiving perspective they provide, inappropriate for general consumption, TMI, or the spector of someone coping poorly with their weight or advancing age that makes yoga pants so weird in public.

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'Do yourself a favor, grow up and stop wearing them in public,' he suggested.

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In an interview with the news programme WPRO-AM, Sorrentino explained that the letter was intended to be a humourous observation that would divert attention away from the US presidential election and that he didn't expect it to cause so much upset among women in Rhode Island.

Sorrentino also revealed since the newspaper published the letter, he has received death threats and offensive voicemails which he likened to the harassment suffered when he came out as an openly gay man.

'It's vicious and intimidating. The fact that this is seen as an appropriate reaction to the letter I wrote in the paper is really disgusting,' he revealed.

Yesterday, women dressed in yoga leggings marched throughout Barrington, carrying posters that read 'Love Yourself' and 'We Wear What We Want' to protest against misogyny and the sexist rhetoric among some men that think it's permissible to dictate how women should dress.

The march purposefully went past Sorrentino's home which had the sign 'Free Speech' hanging in the front garden.

Jamie Burke, one of the parade's organizers, told the Providence Journal that 'women are fed up with the policing of our wardrobe' and that Sorrentino's words had struck her 'in the gut'.

Women who attended the protest also donated unused personal hygiene products to The Sojourner House, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence and company yoga apparel company Dear Kate gave 100 leggings to the home.

A joke or not, commenting on a woman's (or man's) choice of clothing is an offensive, misogynistic and inexcusable way to talk in society, especially given the current climate when women are fighting against the sexist and lewd comments made by Donald Trump during the presidential race.

Not funny, guys.

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