Montana State Rep. David Moore Declares Fatwa Against Yoga Pants

A seen in Missoula? Maybe sooner than you think
A seen in Missoula? Maybe sooner than you think

State Rep. David Moore (R-Missoula) apparently thinks women in America ought to be restricted more like women in Saudi Arabia. He has introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee in response, reports the Billings Gazette, “to a group of naked bicyclists who rolled through Missoula in August.”

The bicyclists, it should be noted, had a permit.

The American Taliban strikes again. Moore’s bill opens a new front in the War on Women in Big Sky Country:


Well, that’s not at all vague. And the idea of a “reasonable” person as defined by a Republican these days is not at all problematic, oh no…

I’ll help out: it’s not that he’s just trying to ban nekkid bikers, but that he doesn’t want to see even the outline of any of your body parts, specifically, those parts identified as “naughty bits” by the Puritans. According to HR 365, “a a person commits the offense of indecent exposure if the person knowingly or purposely,”

(a) exposes the person’s genitals, pubic hair, or anus or exposes the areola or nipple of the person’s breast with anything less than a fully opaque covering while in a public place or visible from a public place without taking reasonable precautions to prevent exposure, and disregards whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by the act; or

(b) exposes any device, costume, or covering that gives the appearance of or simulates the genitals, pubic hair, anus region, or pubic hair region or exposes any device worn as a cover over the nipple or areola of the female breast that simulates and gives the realistic appearance of a nipple or areola while in a public place or visible from a public place without taking reasonable precautions to prevent exposure, and disregards whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by the act.

If you’re wondering what, precisely, this means for women, while not mandating burqas, it might as well.

“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore says, apparently agreeing with a high school in Massachusetts. So should anything else that “gives the appearance or simulates” any female body parts has to go.

It is not that, like designer Jean Touitou, that he thinks yoga pants are, aesthetically speaking, “an insult to civilization” but that they are indecent.

Yes, yoga pants are tight. There are even instances where I sympathize with Rep. Moore:


But what’s the problem? He can’t, like me, just look away when he sees something he doesn’t want to see. I’m offended by boobs too, when, like Moore, they’re waving a Bible in my face.

With the stroke of a pen, Moore would undo the last century.

They are already headed that way in the Montana State House, which got a new dress code for women last year:

“Business formal” for women is defined as a suit or dress slacks, skirt, jacket, and dress blouse or suit-like dress and appropriate shoes (flip flops, tennis shoes, and open-toe sandals are not considered appropriate). Leggings are not considered dress pants.

Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.

Moore said he would trust the discretion of law enforcement officials to determine whether or not clothing violates the law. Because recent history has shown that’s such a good idea. You will always be more guilty if you are a minority or a woman.

Rep. Virginia Court (D-Billings), pointed out that the bill targets women:. “I think you are kind of being a little prejudiced against women.” Is she really surprised? Every year the rest of us move forward, Republicans leap back a few decades – or centuries.

Though there is one nod toward men in the Moore’s legislation, and it is restrictive of the restrictive: Speedos would also go the way of the buffalo – well, and the way of the U.S. Constitution – if Moore gets his way.

He’s not exactly proposing beheadings, but the proposed penalties are bad enough, even if they are surprisingly more lenient than existing law: five years in jail and $5,000. Currently, a third offense can get an offender life in prison. So keep your clothes on in Montana. And stay out of cool breezes, ladies.

Personally, it is difficult to see where five years in jail for wearing tight pants that show the outline of your bottom is in any way lenient. And it’s not that Moore wants to be kinder to offenders, but that he thinks if the laws are less draconian they will be more likely to be enforced.

Given the Republican position on rape, next thing we’ll be hearing is that Republicans agree with Saudi historian Saleh al-Saadoon that women uppity enough to drive “don’t care if they are raped on the roadside.”

It’s not like this is not already a pastime in this country for some cops, after all.

Montana sounds an awful lot like ISIL’s Islamic State when he says it ought to be a “decent state where people can live within the security of laws and protect their children and associates from degrading and indecent practices.”

Moore says tight pants and shirts are degrading. But they are not nearly as degrading as his small-minded and misogynistic attitudes toward women. I don’t want to see bigots like him strutting around either, but you don’t see me trying to outlaw him.

32 Replies to “Montana State Rep. David Moore Declares Fatwa Against Yoga Pants”

  1. I’m glad that Montana has plenty of jobs and opportunities and must be one of the states that is doing so well that Montana’s rep’s focus is more about camel toes than moving his state’s economy forward. Seems like David Moore should be fighting for better jobs and higher wages which would affect most of his constituents instead of wasting time passing bans like this one which affects a little more than a handful of people.

  2. Typical republican, get to the most important business before all else. Since he IS republican, the logical question I have is “When did GUYS start wearing yoga pants in Montana, that gets this narrow minded politician all excited”??

  3. Well, it begs the question: what about men’s attire and a dress code for all those manly Montana men?

    What if a Montana manly man dons a sock-induced “camel toe” wearing Borat-style thong sporting a gun holster to mow his lawn? That’s HIS bib’la’cull right, ain’t it?

  4. The first fundamental of all fundamentalists is keeping women down (and I note “fundament” was formerly a synonym for “*hole”)

  5. Please vote this clown out. Prime example of power going to someone’s head . What’s next, no public swimming? No sunbathing? This guy is a complete idiot.

  6. I happen to like looking at women’s nipples & labia through their clothes.It appeals to my prurient instincts. So far I’ve been able to control my instincts. That’s me!Women dress like this to attract certain men.If the kind of man they want to attract takes an interest,that’s OK.Unfortunately for women it also attracts the attention of the kinds of men women DON’T want to attract. Poor men,fat men,unattractive men.Men that perhaps are unable to curb their prurient instincts.According to women,at least the ones I’ve talked to,that’s NOT OK.Men are born with the instincts to conquer & procreate by any means possible. It’s true!Women know this & dress in provocative manners to take advantage of it. Then they get upset when besides attracting the desirable men it also attracts undesirable ones.I don’t think it’s necessary to wear skirts covering their ankles but,damn,use some sense. What you wear projects the image you want to create. If you dress like a whore…

  7. I don’t know how the FOX you got in here. You’re as relevant as udders on a bull. May you stand as an example of MRA cretinism.

  8. Rep. Moore, you need to find some legitmate problem – economy, jobs, taxes, education, insurance, welfare reform, etc. and leave us women alone. Geez you were voted in office to make responsible decisions to help the citizens of your state. Women have rights and if you don’t like the way we dress then look the other way. Most women are not going to dress like tramps. They won’t let their daughters dress like it either. If you’re going to be so picky about dress codes, then maybe you need to look at all the young men who like to wear their pants off their behinds. To me this is gross and I don’t see how they walk without tripping over their own feet. Leave us women alone and legislate on some important issues. How your legislation will make life better is beyond me. We are a free country and our women have rights just as much as you do.

  9. If a man can’t control his delicate Rambo manly impulses unless women shield him from stimulus, the problem isn’t women. The problem is a lack of self-respect and maturity on the man’s part.
    Womb envy is a terrible thing.

  10. I liked what one of the high school girls referenced in the article in MA said about the objection to yoga pants:

    “I don’t appreciate having to be responsible for a boy paying attention or even being told that it’s my responsibility to not distract someone with my body. I don’t like being objectified in that way.”

  11. And thats how Republican small government works. Seriously before long women will be only allowed to wear full lenght, long sleeved, high collared dresses and chasitiy belts. They are trying their damnest to send us back to the 18th century. While it is true that most of their seats are gerrymandered in, thanks to the Kochs, they can still be voted out. 2016 has to be the year that we stand up and say enough of this crazy crap, and take back our Country from these wackos.

  12. What a brood of feminist hypocrites ! Tight clothes degrades anyone, including females, and allows this person to sexualize themselves to an extreme degree ; feminist are against the cheaping of a woman as a sexual object; why the change ? Keeping woman down ? Contrast male menswear fashions to the limitless menswear or anatomical female spin-offs; males are kept down to fourth class citizens within their own historical menswear ! Men are not covetous of traditional feminine wear and voyaged into cross-dressing / transvestism that females have conquered so successfully. State Rep. Moore is morally correct and your not; begone Satan !

  13. I guess they will have to start by ticketing everyone with testicles hanging from their trucks in Montana. They simulate genitals.

  14. Most people’s attitudes towards nudity are quite childish. There’s no reason for people to be ashamed of their own bodies, nor to take offense at the sight of others’ bodies. Everyone should be free to wear or not wear whatever they please. In a mature society, no one would bat an eyelash.

  15. I don’t believe for one minute that you can “control” any impulse if you can’t control your mouth; how dare you slut-shaming women, call them whores for wearing what they want to wear to a mid-morning yoga class in some town in Montana?

    Any and every part of your body, dressed or undressed, makes a statement or projection.

    It’s none of your business what any individual wants to “project” with there body as long as they don’t force you to do the same…

    You’re full of lust, jealousy and envy,
    aren’t ya…

  16. So, why are the women of Montana not outraged about this? They’re just sitting back, letting this happen?

  17. I think a lot of people have misinterpreted his comment and have let their emotions cloud their vision. He isn’t talking about women wearing tight fitting yoga clothing to mid morning sessions, he’s talking about these women who wear these extremely short skirts where you can see part of their butt cheek, barely anything above the waist let alone under the skirt and the image and message they project to young men. Now I am all for letting a woman wear whatever they feel comfortable in, BUT women need to be made aware of the message their attire sends to men. Cause if you don’t already know, most young men are stupid. They think more with their second brain than with their first and if they see the above attire they will more than likely think the girl is offering herself. This street goes both ways.

    Merely saying it is the man’s responsibility is sexist. It’s not. The responsibility belongs to both sexes.

  18. Geez, who votes in these lunatics anyway? They need their voting rights canceled. Since when does any government decide what we can and cannot wear? That is our choice. Do they think we are all mice, and they get to make all our decisions now? Please vote these morons out. We need a government that works FOR us, NOT against us!

  19. If Mr. David Moore got his head out of pornography, he would be less likely to be thinking about “indecent” parts.Pornography breeds a warped mind.

  20. I beg your pardon. You say the woman is equally responsible for what a fellow does if he mistakes her clothing as an offer of herself to him? That’s BS logic if I ever heard it. Sounds like a fancy way of saying she asked to be raped, and that it would be sexist to put it all on the rapist.

    Your “logic” is flawed, and I suspect DELIBERATELY so. However, whether you’re actively trying to make the “she asked for it” defense sound more reasonable, or you’re just a clueless idiot.. one thing is clear.

    If you look well fed YOU are equally at fault if a hungry person robs you. If you have any nice clothing, and wear it outside, it is YOUR fault if you get robbed for your coat and shoes. If a rape victim who has been massively traumatized by the incident and the “Second rape” that comes from peoples attitudes about it, things this means you are a rapist… and cuts off your balls, it’s equally YOUR fault for saying the shit you said. (Just following…

  21. Why are you asking why they aren’t outraged? I have seen NOTHING to indicate that the women of Montana are not outraged, and plenty to indicate that they are. You might as well ask why rape victims aren’t outraged about being raped. That’s how baseless and stupid your comment was.

  22. There’s an “I” in “Patriot”.

    BTW the bill was killed in committee so it looks like yoga pants are here to stay.

  23. Moore is just a dirty old man who can’t control himself so he tries to control others. If he doesn’t like it then don’t look, that’s life. Obama is destroying this country, the muslim terrorists are killing people, isis is taking over the world and this idiot is worried about yoga pants. What a dumba**.

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