When Maryann White visited Notre Dame University, she was appalled by what she saw at Catholic Mass. What did she see? A group of women sitting in front of her were wearing leggings. She felt ashamed for them since the leggings were so form-fitting (as leggings are) and left nothing to the imagination.

Mrs. White has four sons, and she believes that women who wear leggings are creating a problem for both creeps and good guys. In a letter to the editor that she wrote to the university, she said,

I’m just a Catholic mother of four sons with a problem that only girls can solve: leggings…I wonder why no one thinks it’s strange that the fashion industry has caused women to voluntarily expose their nether regions in this way. I was ashamed for the young women at Mass. I thought of all the other men around and behind us who couldn’t help but see their behinds.

White goes on to say that she understands that many women claim that they wear leggings because they’re comfortable, but she still urges women to choose jeans instead.

Leggings are so naked, so form fitting, so exposing. Could you think of the mothers of sons the next time you go shopping and consider choosing jeans instead? Let Notre Dame girls be the first to turn their backs(ides) on leggings.

The letter didn’t exactly have the reaction that Mrs. White hoped it would. Instead of the Notre Dame girls choosing to wear jeans instead of leggings, a student group on campus called “Irish 4 Reproductive Health” decided to organize a “Leggings Pride Day” in protest. Basically, both male and female students were encouraged to wear leggings on a particular day.


While many students already wore leggings on a regular basis, some students decided to wear them in public for the first time that day. Many of these students also posted pictures of themselves in their leggings on social media.

Yup, not the consequence Mrs. White was hoping for.

We’re sure that every generation has some issue with the fashion trends of the younger generation. We don’t know if Mrs. White has ever tried on a pair of leggings or not, but it’s hard to argue with the fact that they’re certainly comfortable.

Do you wear leggings? Do you think it’s inappropriate for women to wear leggings as pants in public places like at Mass or around a college campus?