BEND — Although not one of the most earthshaking issues of our time, a viewpoint about it was casually expressed by a Christian woman here — and it unexpectedly wound up creating an international debate.
Why Bend wife and mom Veronica Partridge chose no longer to wear leggings in public.
As outlined by The Oregonian, the 25-year-old expressed an opinion in her Internet blog, at veronicapartridge.com, on the im-portance of modesty, and the post went viral. Thousands around the world have read it, and media outlets from The Huffington Post, to Christianity Today to ABC’s Good Morning America picked up the story.
“For the past several months, I have been having a conviction weighing heavy on my heart,” Partridge wrote on her blog. “I tried ignoring it … until one a day a conversation came up amongst myself and a few others (both men and women). The conversation was about leggings and how when women wear them it creates a stronger attraction for a man to look at a woman’s body and may cause them to think lustful thoughts.
“God really changed my heart in the midst of that conversation, and instead of ignoring my convictions, I figured it was time I start listening to them and take action.”
That action involved sharing her convictions with her husband, Dale. Was it possible, she asked him, that her wearing leggings could cause a man other than him to think lustfully about her body? She says he responded honestly that men could indeed find it hard not to look and think the wrong kind of thoughts when women are wearing leggings or yoga pants.
That convinced her.
“Sure, if a man wants to look, they are going to look, but why entice them?” she wrote. “Is it possible that the thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings could make a married (or single) man look at a woman in a way he should only look at his wife?”
From that point on, Partridge determined that she would no longer wear the thin, form-fitting athletic wear in public.
“I also want to set the best example of how to dress for my daughter,” she added. “I want her to know her value is not in the way her body looks or how she dresses, but in the character and personality God has given her.”
Dale Partridge acknowledged that he played a role in his wife’s posting getting such attention. A self-described “serial enterpreneur,” speaker and author, he is co-founder of the web site Sevenly.org, which sells products to help raise funds for international charities.
He also has his own website, dalepartridge.com, and has a strong social media presence and shared Veronica’s blog comment with his online network.
The Huffington Post noted that while Veronica has drawn plenty of mockery and even anger from those who feel her anti-leggings stance is ridiculous, there are apparently quite a few school administrators nationwide who would side with her. Leggings are banned in middle and high schools across America, sometimes under the premise of not distracting male students.