This story hits a little too close to home.
Yesterday, Republican state Rep. David Moore introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would redefine “provocative clothing” in such a way that the wearing of yoga pants in public would be outlawed.
According to the Billings Gazette:
A Montana legislative panel has moved to kill a bill that would tighten the state’s indecent exposure law and consequently ban some provocative clothing.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365 Wednesday. Republican Rep. David Moore introduced it on Tuesday.
The proposal would have expanded the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple. Moore said the bill could outlaw some provocative clothing, and later said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal in public.
Thankfully, the rest of the House Judiciary Committee had the good sense to table the godawful, yoga pants-hating bill.
Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before the voice call vote to table it.
Evidently, a nude bike event is to blame for HB365. The naked bike ride held in Missoula last summer was a protest against oil consumption.
Next door in North Dakota, a high school banned girls from wearing yoga pants and other tight clothing saying such attire was too ‘distracting.’ Schools in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Connecticut, and California have all prohibited girls from wearing yoga pants.
Sadly the continued banning of clothing like yoga pants for the sake of ‘modesty’ only serves to reinforce the rather antiquated and negative stereotype that women are responsible for the behavior of men. All the while, giving men (or in these cases, high school boys) an opportunity to sidestep personal accountability.
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