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Fighting for the right to wear pants on No Pants Day

It’s the first Friday in May, you know what that means! Or maybe you don’t. Well, it’s No Pants Day, a day to celebrate the freedom to go without pants (or “trousers” as you Europeans call ’em) for one day.

According to the Day’s promotional web site, you can’t cheat by wearing a skirt or dress; you’re supposed to parade around in your boxers or your underwear.

Skirts and dresses were the law of the workplace until 40 years ago.

I appreciate the thought and am glad there are those in the world who want the freedom to go pantless if just for one day, but I am a pants advocate. I wore pants all day today – indoors and outdoors – and I’m proud that I did.

There was a time not too long ago when women were discouraged from wearing pants. In fact, schools and workplaces prohibited women from wearing pants. We were required to wear hosiery and dresses. In fact, it wasn’t until the passage of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 that women in schools – teachers AND students – could have different standards of dress than men. Until then, women were required to put on the stockings and the pumps and all kinds of other uncomfortable garments to get to work.

As someone who has always worked in pants and would prefer to wear pajamas in public, I am happy that women before me fought for my right to wear pants. Because pantyhose is one of the most cruel creations known to man, pumps are a good conduit to foot and back pain, and pants have pockets, loops and are easy to put on in the morning.

I will still cheer on the No Pants people for their desire to just say “To hell with everything but undies below the waist,” but for now I’m keepin’ my pants on.

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