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

Via Krystal Baugher
on Sep 20, 2010
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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.


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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 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.

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  9. AngelaRaines says:

    Um, is this an attempt to promote a more respectful conversation? I'm confused…

  10. elephantjournal says:

    You mean, what brands?

  11. 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.

  12. elephantjournal says:

    Enjoy your PG voyeurism, buddy!

  13. 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.

  14. Martha says:

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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 😉

  20. Aron Stein says:

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

  21. 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.

  22. Martha says:

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

  23. AngelaRaines says:

    Nope, I'm Angela.

  24. Natalie Jobling says:

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

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

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  27. 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.

  28. Nye says:

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

  29. rachel says:

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

  30. 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.

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    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.

  31. 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

  32. elephantjournal says:

    LOL

  33. 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.

  34. 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—

  35. elephantjournal says:

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Kara N says:

    Huh?

  39. Katie says:

    Yes, that's it in a nutshell.

  40. j says:

    Thanks for the yummy pictures!

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

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

  43. 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)

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. going on failblog says:

    Not to mention a pic of herself and a monster helping of cleavage. Oh the irony!

  48. Janie says:

    Pot calling kettle black…put your boobies away

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