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Should Leggings Be Legal?

United_AirlinesI read a very insightful opinion piece on the latest controversy fanning Twitter flames: the denying of boarding to three United Airline passengers from Denver to Minneapolis, attempting to fly on “company benefit travel” which apparently has a dress code. The two adults and one child, or two girls, a 10-year-old, or two teen girls, the reports vary widely, were not in compliance because they were wearing leggings.

CNN legal analyst Danny Cevallos, in my opinion, is right on the money: he states that they had agreed, as non-revenue passengers, to abide by a certain dress code which includes non-revealing, form-fitting, or spandex clothes. He opines that clothing in context matters, despite the fact that many adults now dress for airline flights as though they were attending a slumber party.

Be still my soul. He is speaking my language.

Benedetto and I used to fly commercially four times per week for business. We finally got our own plane and pilots. But prior to that, we were leggings-leo-blueregularly applauded and upgraded by airline personnel who marveled that we dressed for business, as though we meant business. Never mind that we know many wealthy individuals who conduct transactions in shorts and polo shirts on board their own yachts or islands. In public, you’re sending a message and the message of the day in America seems to be: I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning.

It’s all about comfort.

I understand. Nothing like being at home in comfy pajamas, the dogs bookending me on either side on the couch. But that’s not life in public. Our boundaries have shifted.  There are no boundaries. We seem to feel that it’s our “right” to wear anything, be anything, say anything we want— if anyone tells us otherwise, we must “rise up” in outrage.


I live in a very high end, liberal neighborhood in our nation’s capital. Signs are sprouting on lawns everywhere, such as “RISE UP” and signs in Arabic welcoming immigrants who would not able to afford one bedroom in this part of town, so it’s actualy a moot issue, or feelings from afar. But we are all highly-educated and well-employed and fairly insulated from the realities of any life that is not of our own design and making. A minority hail from any kind of foreign background, nevertheless, we are all happy to help anyone who needs helping-!

Tunics-with-LeggingsBut back to leggings. Are we truly oppressed if an authority figure says we can’t wear leggings? In Muslim countries, do women or girls wear leggings on the street?

Not without knee-length tunics, and that would be in the most liberal Muslim countries. Are they oppressed? Possibly. Possibly in those lands where they must wear head to toe covers lest an ankle peek out, or a wisp of hair appear. But common decency, as in cover your private parts and not necessarily with something so skintight you might as well not be wearing anything at all?

What’s with the women who feel that they need this kind of attention?

Perhaps if enough Muslim refugees come to America, they will transform liberal neighborhoods and vote to ban leggings entirely, lol.

In my opinion, which I’m not trying to pass as law for everyone else, leggings should be illegal because with feet, they are called tights and I wear those all the time. However, I wear them with skirts, dresses, pants. If you want to wear tights/leggings with a top that does not even cover your derriere, go ahead. But don’t try to tell businesses where you or a relative work, and where you are getting compensated, that this should be okay if you have agreed to “represent” them. Have some common muslim-womandecency.

What’s okay on a beach is debatable, as well. Topless? Thong back? Oy. Really? But most everyone knows that to walk into beachside restaurants, you need a shirt and shoes of some sort. That’s the law. Why? I don’t know— maybe because it makes sense?

Just like wearing closed shoes or being a certain height on a carnival ride (unfair!) or no children sitting in the emergency exit row of an airplane where they could not remove the heavy door:  commonsense.

That could be the problem, the issue in a nutshell right there: the public-at-large lacks basic commonsense and the understanding that occasionally, there are rules in life.  Not to mention there are innocents


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