Pretty much anyone can tell you that yoga pants have grown in popularity for women in recent years. Sales of yoga apparel, including yoga pants, increased by 45% in 2013.
But(t) one state representative in Montana wants to outlaw them.
Because he thinks they're obscene.
According to the Billings Gazette, State Rep. David Moore (R-Missoula) filed a bill to outlaw the popular clothing item, along with many others:
The proposal would expand indecent exposure law to include any nipple exposure, including men’s, and any garment that “gives the appearance or simulates” a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvic area or female nipple.
The Republican from Missoula said tight-fitting beige clothing could be considered indecent exposure under his proposal.
“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore said after the hearing.
Moore says he filed the bill after seeing nude bicyclists in Missoula. Moore also said he wouldn't have a problem with law enforcement arresting wearers of the provocative clothing, but he hopes officers “would use their discretion.”
Yoga pants aren't the only clothing item on Moore's naughty list. He also takes issue with men's trunks-style bathing suits, otherwise known as Speedos:
Well, the House Judiciary Committee heard Moore's proposal, and here's what happened:
Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before a voice vote to table it.
Moore and retired professor Walt Hill drafted HB 365 after last year's Bare as you Dare bicycle event outraged some residents last summer. Fearing that denying organizers an event permit would breach free speech, city officials allowed participants, many of them completely nude, to ride through downtown Missoula on Aug. 17.
Although Montana's proposed statewide ban of yoga pants and Speedos was defeated, many schools across the country ban them as “distracting.”