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Women have started complaining that their $98 lululemon yoga pants are too sheer and/or pilling. Co-founder of Lululemon, Chip Wilson, mansplains for all of the women who don’t know how to wear pants:
“The thing is that women will wear seatbelts that don’t work [with the pants], or they’ll wear a purse that doesn’t work, or quite frankly some women’s bodies just actually don’t work for it…It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time and how much they use it.”
So let me get this straight. These yoga pants cost a hundred bucks and not only do they work just for women with the elusive (and unattainable for almost all of us) thigh gap, but they can’t stand up to the rub of a seat belt or a purse? Who's buying this stuff? For this money these pants should wash themselves and protect me from radioactivity -- wearing a seatbelt on my way to yoga class should be the least of my concerns.
I have some yoga pants from Danskin Now that I bought for $14 that lasted through two years of heavy use with my big fat thighs rubbing together the whole time. Chip gets women to blame themselves for the fact that his company makes expensive-yet-shoddy exercise pants while becoming the tenth wealthiest person in Canada. And though I’m a woman, I’m saying “themselves” and not “us” because as a plus-size woman I don’t have access to Lululemon at all -- yup, excluding plus size women is apparently part of their brand identity. I can’t even boycott if I wanted to! But I can get some more $14 yoga pants and spend the other $84 at a store that knows better than to get me to blame myself for their poor-quality product.