My thighs rub together. And so do yours. And when I wear Yoga Pants guess what happens, they rub together. So why should I care about this? I am at a healthy weight. That is what thighs do.
There is no reason I shouldn’t wear my yoga pants. But the founder of Lululemon says that, “They don’t work for some women’s bodies.” I understand certain bodies are fit for certain body shapes, but really? Yoga Pants? He isn’t saying these don’t fit on a certain type of body, he is saying the rubbing of the thighs is the problem. That is where I take offense.
Hey Mr. know it all, that is how God made our legs to be. But, he has a different opinion.
• “Lululemon Founder Says Yoga Pants ‘Don’t Work’ on All Women’s Bodies” [E! Online]
• “Lululemon boss blames customers’ fat thighs for making his yoga pants see-through” [Daily Mail]
• “Lululemon founder blames some women’s bodies for yoga pant debacle” [Chicago Tribune]
Oh and then he said this:
“Your thighs are too fat for Lululemon pants” [Canada.com]
The Lululemon founder is a body shamer and only continuing to promote a “thin ideal” (watch this video that explains this) that also promotes eating disorders. Does he not realize we have an epidemic on our hands with the use of the “thigh gap” idea? Read my article on the Thigh Gap.
Our young girls hear these messages.
Yesterday I spent two days speaking at a Junior High school. Guess what most of the girls were wearing? Lululemon pants. Look around, these are what the high school and college girls are wearing. And the founder has a not only an extremely prejudice view of a woman’s body, but is feeding the beast of eating disorders by his rude and inappropriate comments. And his target audience are women in the prime age for issues. I wonder if he knows:
• 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always.”
• 86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between ages of 16 and 20.6.
• Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.
• 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
• 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique.
• The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.
• Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.
• In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58% felt pressure to be a certain weight, and of the 83% that dieted for weight loss, 44% were of normal weight. *Stats taken from ANAD
I am also not in denial about the fact that we do have a problem with obesity. But people are not motivated by fear and his tactic to tell us that we need to have “the right body” to wear his pants is complete and utter bullcrap.
So, won’t you join me? I can’t afford lululemon anyway, but now I am really done.
I believe we ALL make a difference.
I will no longer be browsing OR shopping there.
My thighs rub together. And that is ok. That is how God made me.
(Maybe I will make this into a t-shirt. ha!)
Happy Friday and Goodbye Lululemon!