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}

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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.

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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. Jiggaapril says:

    Who are you to say your way of life is better than theirs. Just because you dont like dudes looking at you doesnt mean a female who does has something wrong with her.

  2. this is too much for guys

  3. Tom Grasso tomgrasso says:

    If women want to be objectified they are free to be objectified. I doubt there are any pictures on this website that were taken without the full consent of the model.

    Free will is just that: free. Learn to accept what others do if you wish to be accepted yourself.

  4. Kundalinimama says:

    It IS terrible that yoginis are being objectified, but not surprising! Yoginis are, in a general sense. the most beautiful and radiant population (besides pregnant mamas) that I know of! Maybe the whole thing will backlash and the men who love the yogini body will fall in love with the yogini and begin practicing yoga, at which point they will begin to become conscious and not care to objectify the yogini anymore…..there is always a purpose. Always a positive to the negative.

  5. [...] Breaking News: Boys continue to want Girls (in yoga pants). [...]

  6. nthemoment says:

    Thanks for the link. Pretty funny and some beautiful bodies in the “big booty” category.

  7. Hi there may I quote some of the material here in this site if I reference you with a link back to your site?

  8. Tito says:

    Come on. This is one of John Friend's favorite web sites. So it can't be all bad, right?

  9. JoeC2K says:

    According to a survey cited in Huffington Post – http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/04/why-women-… – a majority of women are more concerned about what other women think of them than what men think of them. So one can reason that the women who are posting their photos are looking to impress other women rather than men. Sometimes I can really say that I don't understand women. I just really can't imagine guys thinking like that… Also, I get the impression that the author isn't comfortable with other women who are looking for masculine attention by impressing them with their superior asanas ;-)

  10. steve says:

    Really…do you not have something else better to bitch about…………..why in hell would women wear this type or clothing if they did not want men or women staring at them. What is the goal of wearing such clothing form fitting clothing and then wear no to very little underwear………..you are just lieing to yourself if you think a women has a gun pointed at them to make them wear outfits like that. it is there choice……why must they be judge or labelled

  11. Vennie Thompson says:

    There is this whole body-brain thing in Yoga: when You release a muscle or joint’s tension breathing through and being present the brain releases all the emotions associated with that muscles tension. Those emotions might, for instance, hold memories of being abused for being “too desirable”, or of being abused for “too much enjoying being desired” (being called a “slut” by the envious). The truth is that provided one views Herself as physically worthy and doesn’t adopt an unhealthy attitude of persistent judgment and fear of natural desire, enjoying being enjoyed and desired is natural as is enjoying gazing upon beauty. Mentally healthy women believe themselves to be desirable and can accept and enjoy being desired; mentally healthy men likewise… And we who are not gay men naturally enjoy gazing upon Women who are attractive, powerful and flexible. This whole feminist version of the christian “Ye have heard it said “thou shalt not commit adultery” but I say unto You: he that looketh upon a woman to lust after Her hath committed adultery already.” We did all that back in the ’70s and ’80s and after it all discovered: it’s natural to enjoy being enjoyed; it’s natural to enjoy; so many who hated men in the ’70s enough to become lesbians now play out “masculine” and “feminine” roles in relationship different really only in that both bodies in the play are female. Exploitives hang out at gay bars just as in straight ones. People continue to be people.

    Releasing the hate fear and judgment as one releases the glutes and hamstrings in naked proserita. It’s the mind level of the physical Yoga. Nature isn’t inherently evil and prissiness isn’t virtue or victim, but another tightness to breathe past.

  12. Martha says:

    Are you Angel Raines or Krystal Baugher? Seems whoever wrote this post is a bit defensive.

  13. AngelaRaines says:

    Nope, I'm Angela.

  14. Natalie Jobling says:

    You just made me laugh so hard…I love it!

  15. Ferd says:

    Hmm. Let's be respectfully sensual, but not puritanical. What does that even mean? You don't want men ogling women (not that any of you women here would do that with men), so what's your solution?

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