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“Leggings mom” of Notre Dame has to endure something worse than bad student leggings at a Catholic U: bad student writing at a Catholic U

April 12, 2019

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The poor “leggings mom” of Notre Dame!

She writes a letter to the student newspaper pointing out the obvious: that young women wear skin-tight semi-translucent leggings in order to show off their gym-sculpted backsides–and then get bent out of shape when young men happen to ogle their gym-sculpted backsides encased in those skin-tight, semi-translucent leggings.

I thought of all the other men around and behind us who couldn’t help but see their behinds.

Yup. Men are that way.

It was bad enough that the letter triggered such feminist outrage that nearly every female student at Notre Dame promptly donned a pair of skin-tight, semi-translucent leggings showing off her backside, gym-sculpted or (more often) not, in order to protest “the idea that it’s a woman’s job to make sure that men don’t fall into sin,” as one theologically acute young woman put it.

But mother-of-four-sons Maryann White has had to endure something even worse than bad student leggings at an elite Catholic university: bad student writing at an elite Catholic university.

Read this April 12 letter to the student newspaper at Georgetown by Georgetown freshman Julianna Yablans (and keep in mind that U.S. News rates Georgetown No. 22 in the nation for all-around excellence):

Instead of criticizing women for their dress, those like White should support others in their self-expression however they feel comfortable.

“Their self-expression however they feel comfortable.” Hmmm.

There’s more:

White’s letter is an all-too-familiar sentiment for many girls, indicative of a larger culture in which women are taught to dress in a way that is not distracting to men….

Leggings are not inherently sexual, but women such as White are legitimizing the sexualization of the garment….

Although White targets the women of Notre Dame, the themes of her letter are heavily centered in what she perceives as Catholic values. However, Catholic values are rooted in acceptance, not criticizing others for their choices. White imposes her interpretation of Catholicism onto others, which is contrary to the core belief that people should be free to make their own decisions without judgement from others.

School deans and mothers should be figures who girls look up to and learn from. If the role models of women insist we cater our lifestyles to men, girls will be unable to create a sense of self and identity. We cannot control — and should not be responsible for — the way others think. The right of comfort and self-expression is inherent to our identity. As students and women, we can and will wear what we want without being criticized for it, and we should continue to support each other in the self-expression that is most preferred.

It’s perhaps churlish of me to mock the randomized diction and syntax of an 18-year-old. I’m a Catholic myself, so I’m probably sinning against “Catholic values…rooted in…not criticizing others for their choices.” Still, don’t you have to have a baseline command of the written English language in order to get into Georgetown?

At least Maryann White displayed a sense of humor in her Notre Dame letter:

Thanks for listening to the lecture. Catholic moms are good at those!

But no good deed goes unpunished, and the punishment for White seems to be even more irritating than all those Spandex-clad rear ends shoved into her face.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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