Mohd Abdullah is a 48-year-old university level computer science teacher in Kamaloops, BC Canada. He’s also been a pilates and yoga instructor at a nearby fitness center for the past year, which was going just fine save for a few complaints about his choice in yoga fashion. The problem? Short shorts! Apparently they are so short they are of a revealing nature. eep!
But Abdullah is standing his ground and refuses to compromise his style, opting for departure from the Centre rather than alter his wardrobe, which consists of 6 to 8 pairs of high-cut shorts (one of which, for some reason is noted, was purchased from Wal-Mart in 1997 for $5– dunno if it’s those in the pic).
So sure you may make snap judgments based on that snazzy photo, but the man’s got a point:
“I think it is discriminating and at the same time, I think it is a double standard,” he said. “Here you have women that are wearing shorts that are half my size and with, excuse my lingo, the boobs half falling [out] — and that’s acceptable.”
Hm. There definitely does seem to be a double standard sometimes. Like guys can’t show off their thighs and ladies can’t walk around topless? (we know what you dudes are gonna say.. zip it!) Of course there’s also decency and respect. Besides all that though, don’t traditional Ashtangis wear speedo-like tighties? (plus the Iyengar loin-cloth whities, not to mention Bikram’s booty briefs etc). Is this sexism?
Mr. Abdullah’s choice in yoga garb is obviously his prerogative, but in light of the recent and enlightening discussion around American Apparel, Tara Stiles and yoga clothing in general, we thought it was an interesting addition to the sexy/objectification convo. This guy’s leggy shorts certainly show off a little more skin than we’re used to, and don’t have a lotus on the butt either.
We’re not sure if the alleged complaints stemmed from students or what, but somehow we have a feeling this guy will end up finding a community where he’ll fit right in. Actually, we’re kinda thinking he’d be perfect for AA’s next ad…Dov we’ve got your male model!