Message Boards

Mod S2S Mentor

On June 11th, NMG is celebrating Wear The Pants Day! This Tuesday, let’s all wear pants to celebrate what seems like a simple thing - that we can. We take this particular freedom for granted these days, but it’s not as common as we sometimes think. All over the world - even in the US - girls and women are still punished in various ways for wearing pants. Just a few months ago, a federal court ruled against a school that required female students to wear skirts, after several girls brought a lawsuit against it. While it’s gratifying that the court ruled in favor of girls’ freedom to dress as they choose, the fact that it’s still a question now, in 2019, is less than pleasant.


Some places are even less accepting of women wearing pants, even going as far as imprisoning or injuring women who do. Other places don’t officially condone violence against women wearing pants, but instead force them to wear skirts in other ways - such as denying them entry to workplaces and government unless they do. And there’s always the age-old myth that pants are “tempting” or “distracting” to boys, and it’s our “duty” to remove that distraction.


My mother told me a story the other day. When she was in high school and college, she almost always wore skirts, just because she liked them and they were comfortable. When she moved to Uzbekistan as a Peace Corps volunteer in the late 1990s, she quickly learned that it was a lucky habit to be in. “In Tashkent, the capital, women wore pants sometimes, but it was mostly skirts.” she says. “When I moved to Namangan, that was different. Women almost never wore pants. I could have if I really wanted to, but it wasn’t worth the risk of having little boys throw rocks at me as I walked down the street. One of my host-sisters had a beautiful pantsuit, and she would wear that sometimes, but she often got harassed for it.” When my mom moved back to the US after three years in Uzbekistan, she says that she felt almost naked wearing pants, as though she were in her underwear. Over time she readjusted, and she says that she never got back to wearing skirts so often again.


That was a while ago, and my parents haven’t been to Uzbekistan in twenty years. Maybe things have changed there. I live in Kyrgyzstan now, right next door to Uzbekistan, and women wear pants all the time. That could be partly because I live in a big city, but I believe things have also changed in the intervening time. I also believe that things can and must continue to change, because we have much farther to go.


It’s perfectly fine to like wearing skirts. It’s also fine to not like skirts. Or, like me, you could love both skirts and pants. I wear skirts a lot, especially in the summer when it’s hot. But I’ll be wearing my pants this Tuesday, June 11th. Who’s with me?

Author Notes:

Namangan is a city in the far eastern corner of Uzbekistan, very close to the border with Kyrgyzstan.

You need to be a member of NMG Members to add comments!

Email me when people reply –


  • I always wear pants/shorts. Today I'm wearing shorts
    • (I never, ever wear skirts/dresses. sometimes rompers xD)
      • ^^^^^
    • ^^^^^
  • i never wear skirts xD
    • ^^^
    • ^^^^^^^
  • Mod
    Great article! Your mother's story adds a cool (albeit sobering) perspective to this topic. Thank you for writing this!

    I'm in a skirt myself (today and every day), but happy Wear the Pants Day to all! :D
  • Haha I almost never wear skirts. I also don't even have any *real* pants. Do leggings/jeggings count?
This reply was deleted.

Sister to Sister Message Board

Mod S2S Mentor

Sleeping Over at a Friend's House

When I get invited to sleepover parties, I always end up wanting to go home before bed. Now that I am a rising 8th grader, I am starting to worry that my friends may find it babyish that I can't spend the night. Any advice? -Anonymous      I’ve had experience with this same problem before! When I used to often have sleepovers with my friends, I’d nearly always call my mom to pick me up when it came time to go to sleep. Eventually, I did start to worry that my friends would look down on me…

Read more…
1 Reply · Reply by Malka yesterday

Preparing For Your Period

“I feel very unprepared about getting my first period. I don’t know exactly what happens and I am really worried about getting it at school. I wouldn’t want to talk to anyone about it and I don’t feel comfortable talking to my mom about it ahead of time either. Would I be able to just use a wad of toilet paper instead of a pad for a day until I get home and can ask my mom for one? Where would I keep pads after I did get my period if I had it at school? I just feel uninformed and unprepared and…

Read more…
4 Replies · Reply by False Heteros Aug 25
Mod S2S Mentor

Redesigning Characters

"Do you have any advice on redesigning characters? I have an old one I want to polish up and I'm not sure how to go about it." -Willa While I don’t have a lot of experience redesigning characters visually, I have a bit more experience with reworking characters that I’ve created in pieces of writing. After thinking about your question a little, I think that both crafts tend to come down to the same core pieces, so hopefully my advice will help you out whether you’re looking to work on visual…

Read more…
3 Replies · Reply by Tundra Aug 6

Too Much To Do

“Yesterday I felt overwhelmed because I had more to do than I was used to (Lots of homework, after school activities and dinner). Do you have any tips for girls to feel less overwhelmed when they have a lot to do?”  - Anonymous Feeling overwhelmed by long to-do lists is a very common experience, especially as we get older and start taking on more responsibilities and commitments, have more time-consuming homework, etc.—so you are far from alone in this. (It’s certainly something I’ve had to…

Read more…
0 Replies · Reply by Evie Jun 3

Ask A Girl: Need advice? Give great advice? We help each other! Ask your questions or answer any of the questions already here. Your post will appear in a day or two, so check back often. We've had many girls ask if their questions can be anonymous, and that is not possible on this website. We want you to know that girls in NMG can trust each other, even with embarrassing questions. And if you want to, you can change your user name to a "not real" name that will then also be used in the magazine if your Ask A Girl question is published.

Letters To Luna: I'm Luna, the spirit of New Moon. Write a letter to me with your opinions and suggestions about the magazine and website. I love to read all your notes! Because I get so many letters, I can't reply online. But a select few letters get published in each issue!

Body & Feelings: Body image, mood swings, puberty, your first period, and so much more! The information girls need!

Check It Out: Share your rants and raves about books, magazines, movies, products, music, ads, tv, internet and more. Love it? Hate it? Let us know!

For The Curious: How does stuff in our world happen? Post and ask about experiments, tech, coding, math,  science, engineering, and more!  It's all about the weird, wonderful, and wacky! Be curious and be surprised.

Go Girls & Women Change the World: Amazing girls and women make the world a better place every day. Tell us about who you admire - now and from the past.  These don't have to be people who are already famous!

How Aggravating & Howl at the Moon: Tell us when you see something that's unfair to girls and women -you can vent about it here! And, Howl out your accomplishments and the things that make you proud as a person and a girl!

Love Remembers: Whether it's losing a beloved pet or a cherished person, loss is painful and can be difficult to cope with. But talking about our loved ones and keeping their memories alive can help. Share your beautiful memories here.

Random Stuff: Want a place to be silly, start message board games, or talk about stuff that doesn't fit into the other categories? Then check out this message board!

Role Play: Do you like role playing games? RPG’s are games where players (that’s you!) play the roles of characters in a fictional setting and have all kinds of adventures. See where the stories take you!

Voice Box: We can have different opinions and still be friends and listen respectfully to each other. We're interested to learn about other people's points of view and we don't have to try to convince them to think like we do. This is where we share opinions about issues that are important to us.

Contests & Games: Do you love creating new contests or games for everyone to play? Do you love playing in them? This is the place for you to make your own contests and games and invite everyone to participate! Remember, just like everywhere else on, if you make a contest or game, it must be open to everyone who wants to join in!