This article inspired me to write this little post today. An American college student called for women to dress as immodestly as possible for the day (last Monday) in a massive “science experiment” that will disprove the ridiculous remarks made by an Iranian cleric that, “Many women who do not dress modestly…lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity, and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.”
My comments on earthquakes caused by too much cleavage?
Of course I don’t agree that a lack of modesty causes earthquakes. Or that Girls Behaving Badly is the sole cause of our culture’s rampant adultery, broken relationships, divorce and general disbelief in the possibility of a lifetime of free, total, faithful and fruitful love.
However, I do think that our culture’s general acceptance of sexy clothing is a symptom of an underlying disrespect–make that a lack of understanding–of the God-given dignity of both men and women.
A friend of mine once told me that one of the guy friends she most respected explained to her that even “good” guys have lustful thoughts pop into their heads; instead of taking those thoughts and running with them, however, those guys throw them out with the trash.
Another point? Let me creep you out by reminding you that “men” aren’t just the cute ones we want to notice us: “men” include our fathers, brothers, rabbis, priests, teachers and husbands (etc.!)–men who truly want to keep their minds and hearts clean and clear.
Very well written Erin. I wish many more people would read and understand this issue the way you do. And I almost fell out of my seat laughing at the "BoobQuake 2010"…