I’ve owned this domain for over a year and have not had the motivation (or inspiration) to do anything with it. Yesterday, I read a post on forbes.com, A Working Mom Defends the ‘Lululemon Stay-at Home Mother’ that actually made me want to sit down and write something.
My over-simplified take on the author’s point is that we should not make assumptions about others, whether they be Trayvon Martin or stay-at-home mothers, and their life and struggles, based on clothing and other external characteristics. I completely agree.
I do take issue with the maligning of my beloved Lululemon yoga pants. Somehow in this replay of the Mommy Wars, ignited by Hilary Rosen’s comments last week about Ann Romney, Lululemon yoga pants have become the great divider between working moms and stay-at-home moms, wealthy women and, well, the other 95%. Why are a benign few yards of luon® so controversial and inflammatory?
Let’s start with the price, ranging from $68 for a pair of crops to $98 for full-length pants. When I worked, I regularly dropped $400 on a suit and had the dry-cleaning bills to go along with that. Sure I could have bought less-expensive suits, but the position I held, and the industry and company for which I worked, required a certain polished and fashionable wardrobe. I also worked long hours and a well-made, well-fit suit was simply more comfortable and could go longer between dry cleanings. Now that I’m home, also working long hours, should I sacrifice comfort, quality and fit because I don’t go to an office everyday? The way I see it, $98 is a lot less than $400, and my yoga pants are machine washable. Considering I wear them everyday, they are a bargain all-around.
Maybe the issue is with yoga (or pilates or barre classes-take your pick) itself. The classes are a luxury in terms of money and time. I work out a lot and since I also like to sleep a lot, if I held a full-time job outside the home, exercise would probably be one of the first things to be sacrificed. But yoga is more than exercise to me. It is an opportunity to clear my head, be around other adults and feel connected to a larger community. I got many of these same benefits from working lunches and happy hours with colleagues but since I don’t have those opportunities right now, I find fulfillment in yoga. And the 90 minute classes are a much smaller commitment than the 4 hour a day, $750 a month commute to work that I used to have.
I know I am privileged. Some of that is due to hard work, some due to having a husband who has good earning potential (due to hard work and career choice) and some is just plain luck. You can knock my life choices, envy my situation, consider me spoiled and lazy, just leave my Lululemon yoga pants out of it.