After the Barrington Times ran a letter to the editor shaming women for wearing yoga pants, several hundred people marched peacefully in response on a beautiful October morning.
“I’m shocked and grateful that so many people are willing to stand up for this message,” says Jamie Burke, who organized the Peaceful Yoga Pants Parade. The event attracted hundreds of marchers of all ages and collected donations for Sojourner House, a Providence-based charity that advocates for preventing domestic violence. In total, participants donated nearly $800 in cash, 100 pairs of yoga pants and literally a mini bus full of toiletries to the organization.
“This is not about one angry man and it’s not about yoga pants,” she says. “It’s about women being fed up with the notion that we have to conform to other people’s visual pleasure.”
The parade, which lasted about an hour, started at the Hampden Meadows School and marched through the neighborhood, passing peacefully and respectfully by the home of Alan Sorrentino, the man who wrote the letter.
“Certain media outlets would like to spin this as an angry mob of women,” Jamie told the crowd before the parade began. “Look at us. You see all the smiles around you? We aren’t dangerous, we’re just fed up.”