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Did you forget your pants?

Makena Clawson

Walking through the airport after a recent flight, I was stunned at how many people forgot their pants. (That’s what we call it in my house when you wear leggings as pants without an appropriate shirt to cover your bottom half.)

I was so shocked, I thought I missed something - a nation-wide memo saying, “Please! Wear leggings as pants!” or perhaps a sign of the apocalypse. I don’t remember it being listed in Revelation, but was it a cultural reaction to some sign I had missed? What other explanation could there be for almost one out of two women sporting this new “trend”?

So what’s the problem with leggings? They’re very comfortable, and many women are doing it.

The problem is, like short-shorts and low tops, they’re not modest when they’re worn as pants without a long (mid-thigh length) top or dress. But for some reason, women don’t understand this. Girls who would never want to lead men to sin wear leggings inappropriately all the time, even to mass.

For some reason women associate leggings with just another style of pants, and don’t think of them as too revealing.

No woman wants to be objectified in the thoughts of men. As women, we don’t know what men are thinking when we wear certain outfits and are often blind to the fact that we might be distracting them by our clothing choices.

While we aren’t responsible for what men think, I don’t think most women want to inhibit men’s attempts to view women as worthy of respect. Especially if all we need to do is make a quick change.

Most women have a line they don’t cross. A skirt that’s a little too short or a top that’s too low is easy to pinpoint. The problem with leggings is there’s no skin showing, so we feel covered enough.

But some say leggings are just another skin. Maybe your shirt ends just below your rear, but there’s not that big of a difference between bare legs and a different colored, thicker skin.

So maybe you realize you’re not as covered, but last time I checked, the Amish look wasn’t in this season’s InStyle magazine.

No, but dressing like a lady has it’s benefits. One woman taught me that as women, we cover certain parts of the body because they are life-giving and therefore sacred. We veil our bodies because they’re holy.

She continued on to compare our bodies to the Eucharist. You would not see the Precious Body of Christ lying on the altar, you find it tucked away in the gold tabernacle and sometimes even with a veil over it. Our bodies too, are holy and deserve respect, not just a thin layer of spandex.

Next time the comfy leggings call out to you from your sock drawer, (notice that most of us keep them with our socks - not our pants), think again. Consider a dress over the leggings instead of a barely-there top.

So ladies, don’t forget your feminine dignity and don’t forget your pants.

Topics: Culture , Current Events , Eucharist , Fashion , Humor , Travel , Young Women

Makena Clawson is a sophmore at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. She is studying English, mass communications and Spanish and hopes to start a magazine for young women after graduating.

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