Rosenblum: Let's not shoot from the hip on leggings issue

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2012 - 10:38 PM
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HBillNov. 14, 12 7:30 PM

While I totally agree that kids rebel. Still, limits are a part of life for all of us at all ages. Shouldn't their experience with limits begin in "teenhood"? I'm not advocating limits to personal growth. But, like the principle, I think it's OK to ask them to think. Likewise with the boys displaying their boxers. My question to them is "Come on. Really?"

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goonzieNov. 14, 12 8:16 PM

Gail- I fully understand what you're saying- kind of taking the "Footloose" angle on this one. Sounds all well and good, enlightened and loosey-goosey. But as someone who taught at an elementary for 10 years and now is at a middle school, I can honestly say the "attire" worn by a minority of female students is simply not appropriate for school. Often, the Yoga pants look more like body paint they are so tight. Can you imagine boys walking around in these with all their "curves?" Distasteful, disrespectful (of themselves), confident or rebellious- call it what you want - it just isn't appropriate for an institution whose main goal is to learn, not create sexual tension. School Uniforms are starting to look better everyday...

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dorkeemnNov. 14, 12 8:27 PM

Actually I think the principal, media and 90% of the consumers in the world have this all wrong - there is nothing wrong with wearing leggings with or without a skirt. The problem is that what we are now calling "leggings" are really semi - opaque tights - which when the light is right are completely sheer or partially sheer. Anything that is labeled as a "footless tight" should not be worn as outerwear by anyone outside of a dance studio. Yet, I see it all the time at my daughter's school.

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innybabyNov. 14, 12 8:28 PM

There are many excellent points in this article (teenage boys are distracted by 10,000 other things) to argue against the principal's letter. I happen to agree with the principal, though. I'm a 27 year old woman and I wear leggings quite frequently, under a dress or skirt or long sweater. My 17 year old sister, however, chooses to wear leggings to school with short shirts that barely come to her hips. When I see her wearing leggings like this, I have the same gut reaction that I do to other young women I see wearing the same thing: I feel uncomfortable with how much detail I can see of her butt, underwear, etc. I mean, in some cases, the cellulite of a woman's butt can be seen through the back of her leggings. Let's not even talk about what can be seen from the front. I thing the principal's point is fair, just maybe supported by some weak arguments. Are we going to excuse a partially visible thong, for example, because teenagers like to break rules and do the opposite of whatever their parents and teachers say? Call me old fashioned, but I don't think so. This is another example of where it wouldn't hurt young women to "leave a little to the imagination". Sweatpants are just as comfortable.

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xsnowdogNov. 14, 12 8:35 PM

We are fools to deny the effect scantily or suggestively dressed people have on each other. Although we think that our intellect can overpower our animal instincts, it has been proven unlikely since time began. Inappropriate dress is sexual harassment, intimidation, and bullying by manipulation of our most basic instincts.

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fuzz48Nov. 14, 12 8:47 PM

The reality of the world is that to obtain a job, then to retain that job, will require most people to dress in a professional manner befitting the job. The "job" in high school is to not dress like you'd like, but what the regulations require. There are PLENTY of opportunities to express yourself, but I don't believe school is one of them. - GAD I sound old!

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ginny6Nov. 14, 12 8:58 PM

It's just our bodies, folks...so many hang ups. Ever been to Scandinavia?

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freedubayNov. 14, 12 9:48 PM

innybabym, Thank you. Spot on.

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StubbyxyzNov. 14, 1210:06 PM

As a guy who was in high school during the age of mini skirts I know that that kind of dress is distracting. Nice but distracting.

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dionisioNov. 15, 12 4:12 AM

xsnowdog, this is the same line of thinking that keeps women draped from head to toe under threat of death in other parts of the world. Life is full of distractions and inappropriate behaviors. Teaching kids to learn to remain respectful and focused in the midst of that is a better approach than treating them like animals with no self-control. Teaching them how to dress themselves will also help them grow more than strict unquestionable rules ever will.

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