A Christian wife and mother from Oregon has attracted attention and debate after recently revealing on her blog that she has decided to no longer wear leggings for fear of causing men to "think lustful thoughts."
Veronica Partridge, 25, penned a short post on January 5 titled, "Why I Chose to No Longer Wear Leggings," during which she explained why she has decided to stop wearing yoga pants, questioning whether donning them could entice a man to look at her "in a way he should only look at his wife."
Partridge, who opened the piece by explaining that she wasn't trying to tell others what not to wear, said that she was merely sharing her own personal struggles surrounding her garb.
"For the past several months, I have been having a conviction weighing heavy on my heart. I tried ignoring it for as long as I could until one day a conversation came up amongst myself and a few others (both men and women)," she wrote. "The conversation was about leggings and how when women wear them it creates a stronger attraction for a man to look at a woman’s body and may cause them to think lustful thoughts.
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After having these conversations, Partridge said that she spoke with her husband, Dale, about the issue and he admitted that it is hard to look away from women who wear yoga pants and tight leggings. That led her to think a bit differently about the issue.
"I instantly felt conviction come over me even stronger. Not that I wasn’t feeling it earlier, or else I wouldn’t have thought twice about the conversation, but after talking to Dale, it hit me a lot harder," she said. "If it is difficult for my husband who loves, honors, and respects me to keep his eyes focused ahead, then how much more difficult could it be for a man that may not have the same self-control?"
She continued, "Sure, if a man wants to look, they are going to look, but why entice them?"
Partridge concluded by noting that she has taken a vow to herself and her husband not to wear leggings outside of her home any longer unless she is wearing a long shirt that properly covers her.
In the end, she said that her goal is not only to hold strong for herself and her husband, but to also set a positive example for her daughter, Aria.
"I want her to know, her value is not in the way her body looks or how she dresses, but in the character and personality God has given her," she said.
While some people appreciated the sentiment, others disagreed.
One commenter on her blog going by the name of Jeanie wrote, "This sounds like the lifestyle of women who wear Islamic covering in public who only dress sexily for their husband. Is that what you really want?"
Another person going by the username of "MakeUpYourOwnMind" posited that the viewpoint was too close-minded.
"One of the (many) unfortunate aspects of modern day Christianity is that women are discouraged from celebrating their sexuality. Can I have an amazing ass and also be close to God? Yes, I can," the individual wrote. "Can I show said amazing ass off in a pair of yoga pants or leggings without feeling guilty for the choices other people make to look at it? Yes, I can."
But others supported Partridge. Consider the response given by username "Concerned American."
"I will say this from my perspective as a young and single man. What you wear will cause others to view you in a certain way," he said. "It doesn't just apply to women. If [you're] in the work environment you should look professional and like you fit whatever role it is you fill for your daily job."
He continued, "To be frank yoga pants and Leggings were not at all designed for comfort as their primary use. Even actual exercise in them is not what the initial idea for them are. They are designed to draw attention to the wearer."
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(H/T: Daily Mail)
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