Yet another website devoted to objectifying women? Thanks, “Girls in Yoga Pants”!

Via on Sep 20, 2010

Yogini Got Back: the instant popularity of “Girls in Yoga Pants.”

{It’s huge}

via girlsinyogapants.com

Because women can’t just practice yoga—they now get to be yoga sex objects.

I mean really, that’s why we women do it, right? To turn on heterosexual men? We couldn’t possibly practice yoga for our own mental, spiritual and physical health reasons.

via girlsinyogapants.com

Girls in Yoga Pants is devoted to the fetishization of nicely shaped rumps in various states—having six categories—hall of fame, celebrity, amateur, in public, big booty, and actual yoga—the site lives and breathes off of real women choosing to participate in these shenanigans.

All pics are sent in or approved by the actual “models”—so the deeper question is why do they bother? Are we really starving for attention so badly that we need the approval of random (mainly male) strangers to boost our already too low self-esteeem?

With other existing objectfying sites like Playboy Yoga and the graphic Nude Yoga Girls [link removed, uck], one must come to the realization that nothing is sacred in our ever-expanding capitalist society.

Sex sells.

Yoga is super-popular.

Sex and yoga equals big money.

via girlsinyogapants.com

But what about the women who contribute to these mega money sales? On a site like Girls in Yoga Pants, the women are not even human beings, they are in fact, just asses—and I mean that literally and figuratively.  And yet they seem to enjoy the celebrity of their own asses, even if no one knows who they really are.

Perhaps they should re-title the site to Girls With Low Self-Esteem who feed off Slimey Comments Who Wear Yoga Pants but don’t really give a Rat’s Ass About Yoga.

About Krystal Baugher

Krystal Baugher lives in Denver. She earned her MA in Writing and Publishing and her MA in Women and Gender Studies from DePaul University/Chicago. She is the creator of Mile High Mating, a website dedicated to helping people "do it" in Denver and beyond. You can find her on facebook and twitter (as long as you aren’t a stalker).

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91 Responses to “Yet another website devoted to objectifying women? Thanks, “Girls in Yoga Pants”!”

  1. Yogini# says:

    Doesn't anybody even know that you get a better "yoga butt" from pilates ? Oh, no … now some non-pilates practicing, non-yoga practicing voyeur with a digital camera is going to get some ideas …!

  2. ARCreated says:

    for the love of heaven and earth…

  3. Jack Daw says:

    off topic but what do yogis wear for yoga pants? I am just curious.

  4. Joseph Boquiren Joseph Boquiren says:

    Men are ignored by the yoga fashion industry. Seriously, when are men going to be objectified while wearing hot yoga pants? Or shirts?

  5. Liz says:

    So you complain about this by posting pictures of women's asses here. You are completely full of s**t, honey.

  6. Brian David says:

    I was happy to find girlsinyogapants.com. The asses featured on this blog post were nice as well, but there are a lot more over at girlsinyogapants.com, for which this post worked for me as an advertisement.

  7. Keith says:

    Oh my GOD!! Men are turning women into objects ON THE INTERNET?? And a FETISH site on the WEB? Thank goodness for this insightful, reasoned, and clearly groundbreaking piece. I hear Krystal's next article is about websites that show women in bikinis, as sex objects! Way to go, Woodword & Berstein.

    • elephant journal elephantjournal says:

      Ahhahahaha love it, Keith. That said, elephant's readership does care about objectification, and the manifestation of yoga in mainstream society. We waiting until just about every yoga blog had touched on this before addressing it ourselves—and yes, the point is rather obvious.

      • Ferd says:

        If you were concerned about objectification, why did you wear that top where your tits were hanging out? Better still, why have that thumbnail image blow up into a giant pic where we can see the bra at the bottom? I'd say someone wants those cones looked at. Next, what about the tan? Why get a tan (though badly) if you don't want people looking at you? I'm assuming you wore something small to do that as well. Perhaps you should invest in a burqa.

        It's too bad though. You'd be a cute girl, but I know that you're really an angry and spiteful person, and that destroys the cuteness.

  8. [...] a background in sports, I favor fit and functionality rather than the clothes that can highlight my yoga butt. Luckily, Lucy’s got it all. The Cotton Karma Racerback top and matching Organic Hatha pants [...]

  9. Lindsey says:

    "Girls With Low Self-Esteem who feed off Slimey Comments Who Wear Yoga Pants but don’t really give a Rat’s Ass About Yoga." Wow, ouch… this article must be for "Catty girls with overbearing senses of self riotousness about their "sacred" yoga practices who would never post their butts online because they "care" so much about us women and our low self esteem, who hate capitalism, I don't know why but I thought I'd just throw it in there with some models in quotes because really they are whores" Does someone honestly believe that doing genuine yoga and looking hot in tight stretchy pants are incompatible can I have a deep practice and get off on being objectified just a little. Damn, I guess we should stone the man who fetishized asses.

      • Daniel says:

        hell yeah… actually i see it less as a matter of objectifying and more of just a deep appreciation for the curves of a womans body, similar to how guys drool over a high end sports car… its just the infatuation with cars cannot be linked to a sexual innuendo as easily.

    • Ferd says:

      Any pics? ;-)

      Glad to see someone here understands why people exercise.

  10. Martha says:

    Good job hon, you proved that the only way this site can get traffic is with sex. You are such a tool.

    • elephant journal elephantjournal says:

      Martha, if you knew what you were talking about, you'd know our most popular posts ever, and over the past few months, all have to do with controversial topics or inspiring topics—not a single one has to do with feminism or objectification or, as you put it, sex. Also, if you knew what you were talking about, you might make your comment with some sense of compassion and gentleness. Enjoy being yourself—

      • lucid says:

        You mean like the compassion and gentleness you show toward those who willingly participate in and enjoy sites like girlsinyogapants?

  11. stephen s says:

    http://girlsinyogapants.com/submit-pics/

    the site allows women to send in pics of themselves so the site has as much to do with a woman's narcissism as it does the prurient interests of men.

  12. April says:

    Everyone is at some point a sexual object… including yogis/yoginis. I dislike the idea that these women are being "objectified" – which implies some level of victimization. The very fact that girlsinyogapants.com is based on consensual photo submission – makes this entire argument unnecessary. You can't assume to know the reasons these women submit their photos to such a site… and others are going to "get off" on women in yoga pants either way. This site simply gives the voyeurs an acceptable place to view their preferred subjects – and with their consent!
    To me, there is nothing wrong with that. If these women are okay with their decision then I don't see any reason for someone else to be offended for them.

    • Perusing the site a bit (strictly for research purposes), I found that many photos are submitted by men.

      • elephant journal elephantjournal says:

        Yes, and what's wrong with it in my personal opinion is that, even for the few photos that are submitted by women in the photos, these women are buying into and then feeding the appetite for objectification (no heads necessary!). This can't be good for young women, or for young men looking at it. If, on the other hand, the site celebrated women's bodies (and men, too, why not, like That Hipster Porn), in a more stylish, elegant, artistic, appreciative and head-included manner…well then, I'd say kudos. Nothing wrong with the human body—it's our habit of needlessly degrading it that leads to bad things.

  13. Betto says:

    First we could made the point that those web page have nothing to do with Yoga except exploit it as a commercial segment just like any business. The sex exploitation is integral in the human nature and will be, be that in the mainstream or not. I don’t mean that we accept it or try to change it, being that said It start to look that EJournal is doing the same as the ones it denounces, the same subject every other day.

    I enjoy reading you cause it’s an edgy lecture of the yoga communitty, stay that way!!! We already took notice. Some say there is no bad press, as long as you are on the press, i bet the hit on that site increased thanks to this blog, which says nothing different from all the previous ones.

    Namaste

  14. David says:

    I always find it troubling when women find it so terrible that other women like to show off their bodies that they work hard at achieving.

    • Ren says:

      Have you ever seen a tattoo that you didn't like? People work hard to earn money for their tattoos. It it terrible when people judge things like that, too?

      I don't see anybody saying "don't show off your bodies" – I mostly see complaints about dragging yoga into it. It's like making a Christian fetish website – I mean, wtf?

  15. Aron Stein says:

    Great point. As a yoga instructor I encourage my students, both male and female to objectify me. Look but don't touch I say ;)

  16. Aron Stein says:

    I didn't read the article but I enjoyed every second of looking at it.

  17. David says:

    Of course, in the profile picture, the author is revealing part of her breasts. Perhaps we should re-title this article "Girls With Low Self-Esteem who feed off Slimey Comments Who Wear Low Cut Blouses but don’t really give a Rat’s Ass About Yoga.

    Seriously. This is crazy. Women show off their bodies, men show off their bodies. It's at least 75% of the reason people work out. There are much bigger issues in the world to get up in arms about.

    • elephant journal elephantjournal says:

      Good points…but it's funny how people feel sooo differently about this site in question. Perhaps you could get together with the many readers who are offended by this, or even elephant's posting of this, work it out, and get back to us with an article that will, as you say, show how there are much "bigger issues" than feminism, self-esteem, body image, or objectification. ~ Waylon Lewis

    • Kara N says:

      It's likely the primary reason YOU work out. It's not likely to be the reason 75% of people work out, or 75% of the reasons people work out, or whatever it is you were actually trying to articulate. In other words, speak for yourself.

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  19. YogiJG says:

    Wow what a puritanical article. Very disappointing. I think I missed the yoga class covering sin and judgment. Sounds more like born again yoga.

  20. Nye says:

    Nice Asana! …. oh come on, you know someone had to say it! :D

  21. rachel says:

    hmm, – if you do your eyebrows, or wear make up, or sexy clothes isnt it all on the same continum somewhere?

    • elephant journal elephantjournal says:

      Perhaps. But this site seems to reduce beautiful women to something crass. Doesn't have to be. ~ Waylon Lewis

  22. elephant journal elephantjournal says:

    Via http://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

    #
    Colin S T Don't forget that Ellen Degeneres objectifies women too … so don't just single out and vilify us blokes, okay!

    #
    Char Psi Tutor M ‎^I agree that objectification occurs across genders and sexual orientations. Let's drop the patriarchal value system (not Men, a value system) of Me (what counts) and Other (for use)

    #
    Nye W Damn, she's got a nice asana! ;)

    #
    Antonio Toro Back in the day advertising pushed the image of the perfect woman, and the rest of the gender felt the push towards self hatred. Then came the '70's revolution, then sweeping changes: End result, now both sexes are faced with glossy images and the self hatred is evenly spread. Well done. March of the Bimbos and Himbos.

    #
    Peter W L Nothing wrong with women's bodies in whatever they wear. Stop dissing women please.

    #
    Melanie G i didn't know yoga pants were sacred! it's a free choice, and, like t.v or radio , if you don't like it, don't look at it!

    #
    Ashley C you could just as easily call them "workout pants" or "expensive sweatpants"… I'm sure yogis in india weren't wearing lululemon. it's just a gimmick, is the guy running the site even profiting off of it?

    #
    Stephanie S this is at least the 3rd time elephant journal has posted this article….come on now.

    #
    Bethany T A i objectify women AND men because bodies are fun to look at! and i have no problem with anyone objectifying me because MY body is fun to look at too! what's the problem with that?

    i think it is the responsibility of the individuals to love their own body types and not be effected negatively by these images

    #
    Dianne L R although in an ideal world we would all love our bodies, eating disorders are rampant, especially among young women. if one lives in a bubble, it's easy not to see the negative sides of things, but for people who have serious issues with their bodies, the images we are bombarded with every day can be very challenging. let's show some understanding.

    #
    elephantjournal.com Stephanie, as far as I know it's the second. We repost many articles that prove popular—stop clicking and commenting on these posts, and click and comment on the 95% of our posts that have nothing to do with objectification, feminism, body image.

  23. Kara N says:

    You do realize all these postings regarding exploitation of women in the media are just another form of voyeurism and fundamentally no different than their subject matter? I'm guessing no.

    • elephantjournal says:

      I agree, of course…but so your advice is just to ignore it? That's what you're telling Krystal and other young women? Ignorance isn't usually such a good thing… ~ W

  24. j says:

    Thanks for the yummy pictures!

  25. [...] 4. Frag this! I’m taking up yoga! Mmmm… yoga pants… [...]

  26. [...] some more negative press! I don’t blame them for slamming us though. I admit, this is the most sinister website ever [...]

  27. giypfan says:

    As a fan of GIYP for both their hilarious comments and the hot bodies that are SELF SUBMITTED (Yes ladies, whether they're submitted by women or their boyfriends, the girls are still posing), I find it funny that anyone could be offended by this. You realize in Europe they show boobies in commercials, right?

    (their facebook group is: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Girls-In-Yoga-Pa… for any of you who want their hilarious and hot updates in their news feed)

  28. Dave says:

    I love GIYP! I posted pictures of my wife on there and she loved it. It gave her a small boost in self esteem seeing how many people thought she was hot, seeing that she has three children and has worked very hard to stay in shape. I do wonder though, how can a woman write all these complaints about "objectifying" women and then put a picture of herself with her tits out? That's alot of cleavage when I can see the underwire of your bra.

    • Adam says:

      LOL, that was going to my point too Dave! It's not that she needs to be in a turtleneck but come on. How can someone write an article like this only to have the author's pic showing as much cleavage as possible.

  29. iheartspandex says:

    What a waste of time this was to read. If you don't like it, why not ignore it rather than spew out some stupid radical-feminist perspective, thereby giving the website Girlsinyogapants power over you? I'm sorry you're so unfortunate looking yourself, maybe you should submit your ass in yoga pants to be judged. Because obviously that's what the purpose of the website is: to objectify and criticize women in addition to sexualizing yoga

    dumbass.

  30. UncleSam says:

    BAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

    I just knew the article was penned by a feminist, even before I got to the actual text. Tell you what, sweetie. The site wouldn't really be as successful if it didn't have FEMALES sending in pictures of THEMSELVES (or having photos taken of them and then posted with blessing). The "fairer sex" is just as culpable; why not title the site "Girls Who Wear Deliberately Provocative Clothing and Take Pictures While Wearing Yoga Pants in Order to Stroke Their Egos Via Attention Whoring?"

    Those who send their pictures to the site either like the site already and want to chip in, or they're attention whores looking for an ego boost. Or both. Or someone just found a pic of someone in yoga pants on the 'Net and submitted it (which, with Google search, isn't that difficult). Heck, why not write a diatribe aimed at Google? You find all SORTS of women objectification there in the image search (with proper search terms of course).

    Off the feminist high horse you get, now, dear. Your failed "movement" is a laughingstock around the world and has degraded the opinion of American (or Western world) women to the point of utter distaste among those who have any experience with American/Western women.

  31. Janie says:

    Pot calling kettle black…put your boobies away

  32. Zippo says:

    Haters gonna hate

  33. Marco says:

    So, a bunch of men practically worshipping the female form in all it's sweaty, downward dog pose glory, is objectifying? Or are you just one of the girls who should never be seen in a pair of tight pants, and therefore crying about it cuz it's not you we're drooling over?

    Wah. And you look at pictures of Brad Pitt and Robert Pattinson because they're "great actors", not because they're hot. RIIIIIGHT.

  34. Jeff says:

    is it me, or has everyone missed the writers picture at the bottom? Nice revealing top (boobies) and that messed up tan line! WOW!

  35. Christian says:

    Wow… you really hate those women! To me, that seems like it's not very nice — but I guess I'm not a feminist. Out of curiosity, do you also hate women that wear makeup, high heel shoes, perfume and revealing clothes?

  36. Kris says:

    As a woman AND a fan of GIYP I have to say I am sick and tired of extreme feminist acting as if they speak for ALL women. I objectify both men and women. Hell I take my own photos to share or simply for my own pleasure. Yes Yoga can be spiritual. Its part of my regular workout routine but it has ZERO to do with being spiritual and more to do with looking and feeling good. As others have said, if you don't like it DON'T look. Let me guess you also think its about damn time Wonder Woman's costume was changed right?

    You don't speak for me or any other women, whether featured on GIYP or otherwise. You speak for yourself and your own personal views. Nothing wrong with that, just be honest about it. BTW if you are going to show that much cleavage at least have an even tan.

  37. whydoyoucare says:

    if you don't like it, don't go to the site.

  38. Seymour Butts says:

    Spandex + butts = epic win!

  39. Stef says:

    All of you people that are getting pissed off about this are nuts! I don't see how physical attraction immediately turns in objectification. And to the OP: you're taking the title of GIYP much too literally. Of course most of the women on that site don't give a crap about yoga. It's just easier to say "yoga pants" than "tight-fitting stretchy pants." It doesn't really have much to do with yoga..

  40. Orenda says:

    Up until recently I did not have very good self esteem, and I can understand why a "model" on this site would post herself in tight pants: publicity. GIYP may be a bunch of "skeezy" dudes staring at asses and making mysogynistic comments, but most comments and reactions are positive. They are not like many of the blogs like "lamebook" or "people of walmart" which make fun of others. These girls are posted on the site, and then complimented by random strangers. The execution may be sketchy, but the overall outcome is win-win for just about everyone involved: these girls, the commenters, the people who own the site, etc.

    However, I do have the problem with GIYP for the shots taken of random women on the street without the women's knowledge. That itself in non-consensual, and those posts should not be put up based purely on the fact that the person never ok'd the picture.

  41. UR Dumb says:

    says the female writer with her tits hanging out in her picture… lmfao… get a life hypocrite!

  42. and now because of your article you are driving even more traffic to that website!

  43. Lamper says:

    Nice tits in that picture gurl

  44. Ashole says:

    I actually want to say thanks for the link and attention to a site I would otherwise not have seen. The feminine form is beautiful and these women although questionable in their motives (perhaps) are providing more fuel for the creative fire and yes some do actually have their names dropped and more attention to who they are in the world. Who are we to judge.

  45. Pigpen says:

    GIYP.com has nothing to do with yoga. Girls who have nicer butts than you (otherwise you wouldn't feel so defensive about the site) who show off their bodies are no different than girls in bikinis. You should be angry at women for wearing yoga pants outside of the yoga studio, just the same way that you should write an angry article about men who wear football jerseys but don't actually play in the NFL. These photos weren't taken in yoga studios; they were taken in McDonald's, Best Buy, and other popular places to practice yoga. ;)
    And let's not even talk about the hypocrisy of posting your own (ugly) photo on your blog. Your readers have no reason to see your face…unless you WANT them to. Narcissistic, no? At least the butt shots on GIYP.com are maintaining some semblance of anonymity. You shamelessly pimp(le) your own face in a low-cut top. No one's taking bathroom breaks over THAT picture…and maybe that's why you're a hater.
    Go read the lyrics to Tool's "The Pot", hypocrite. I'm going back to a website where the hot chicks are. I assume that I won't see you there.

  46. Ferd says:

    This from the lady showing her ta-tas in the low-cut green top. Why are you showing these off? Didn't your professors in your Master's program tell you that men would look at them? I think you're just jealous. Though if you show some pics in yoga pants, we might all reconsider.

  47. titsmcgee says:

    shut your mouth bitch and show me your titties

  48. blueollie says:

    A couple of comments (from someone who likes GIYP)
    1. GIYP shows women of different shapes and sizes, not just models. Some of us enjoy the way that real women look in those spandex outfits, even those who aren't models or professional athletes.
    2. My own yoga teacher (female) sometimes yells stuff at me when I am out running or walking (usually "nice ass"). I remind her that she teaches in front of a mirror and that she spends much of the class either bent over (forward bend, down dog, entrance into bujapidasana) or with her butt stuck out (chair, child, frog). We have fun with it.
    3. Still I go to class because when I do, my back doesn't hurt and my hamstrings feel a whole lot better and my piriformis ache dulls or goes away.
    Hey, my wife is an accomplished professional with an advanced academic degree and with a ton of good mental and emotional attributes, but I still enjoy watching her bend over. It is all part of human sexuality.

  49. Guest says:

    tl;dr

    did scroll through pictures

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