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'The Leggings problem': can we just never hear about them again? | Arwa Mahdawi

The spandex-based controversy has been broiling in the west for years; and it’s not just men policing women’s bodies, women are doing it to themselves
A mother wrote a letter to Notre Dame’s student newspaper to beg female students to shun leggings. Photograph: Marquicio Pagola/Flickr Vision/Getty Images

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Won’t you think of the mothers of sons?

For years, Maryann White suffered in stoic silence. She prayed that fashions would change and the legging problem would go away. Alas, athleisure only became more popular. Eventually White could stand it no longer; distraught and desperate, she wrote a letter to Notre Dame’s student newspaper imploring female students to “turn their backs(ides) on leggings”.

“I’m not trying to insult

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