Before you get your panties all up in a wad and assume this is going to be a judgemental post about how women dress, please read it first, then feel free to comment…or don’t.
I grew up in the 80’s where the less you wore the better. We had holes in our jeans where holes shouldn’t technically be, unless you’re going for the red long underwear with an open flap in the back kind of look. Then underneath those “holy” jeans were neon colored fish net stalkings with matching stilettos. If jeans weren’t on the menu then mini skirts were, with the same fishnet / stiletto combo. Our shirts were more of a crop midriff piece of cloth or another piece of clothing with holes cut into it, with our bras showing which may or may not match our fish nets. Then there were the over sized shirts we would try to pass as a “mini dress”. All of these outfits were complete with BIG hair and enough Aquanet to cover the earth, huge earrings and makeup plastered on our face. 80’s hairband groupy was the fashion.
It seems every decade we women lose a little bit more clothing as we go, except for the grunge 90’s…where showering was apparently optional. None the less, we women are still losing an uphill battle when it comes to fashion and what we think we need to wear for ANY occasion.
For example: the nipple shot
Ladies, unless you’re feeding your infant…keep your radio nobs under wraps. If you chose the shirt that shows me enough cleavage that I can see what you had for lunch by the amount of crumbs stuck in there, what are you trying to tell me? What are you telling my teenager, toddler or little girl? Breasts were given to us by God for the sole purpose of feeding our babies, yes they are adored by our men who find our breasts to be “udderly” sexy. Yet it blows me away how many women are “completely” offended by a woman breast-feeding her infant, but don’t bat an eye at a woman who meant to dress like this above gal showcasing her nipples. Double standards? Maybe.
Next example: Stretch pants/yoga pants
I remember when the women’s leotard was in fashion in 1981 after Olivia Newton John’s single & video “Physical” came out. Headbands, leotards and bodysuits were all the fashion…AT THE GYM! Never did we go out in public, grocery shopping or to the restaurant wearing that! I had a much more crude picture as an example, but I didn’t want to offend any of my established readers. Bottom line: if I can see the details of your vaginal area because of your yoga / stretch pants, you ought to consider wearing a long enough shirt to cover that area or switch to looser fitting pants. Seeing the details and veins of a man’s penis in a leotard is scaring enough for a child, why do you think your vagina is any different?
Last example: the reverse plumbers butt
Whether your cheeks are hanging out the bottom of your shorts or skirts, or exploding out the top of your hip hugging jeans WITH your g-string showing…explain this to me. Do you not realize that no matter how long or for how short of a time you sit on a toilet you end up with a red ring crease around your arse? Do you really want to bring awareness to your toileting schedule? Do you realize how weird this really looks?
Ladies why not be honest with ourselves and admit why we would be dressing like this in the first place, or at least ask yourself the question and look at the real underlying answer. The only answer there really is should smack you right in the face…ADVERTISING. You dress this way to find a man, get a man, date a man and with the end result of marrying the man. Then once you have said man do you keep dressing this way? If you do, why? If you don’t, why not?
If you do, is it because he only likes you looking this way? If so, he doesn’t really love you unconditionally incase you were wondering. Or if you do, are doing it to keep turning heads? This makes you appear to be very insecure and that’s sad.
If you don’t dress this way once you have your man then why not? Is it because now that you have him you don’t care what you look like anymore? Then you are answering your own question as to why you dressed that way in the first place…advertising. If it’s because your man said you had to stop, then I wonder why he asked this of you? Why was this dress acceptable to him before when he first met you, but not now? Is he controlling or insecure?
There’s no easy answer to any of this. We grew up with clothing requirements the minute we were born. Girls wear pink and boys wear blue. Girls wear dresses and boy wear pants. Us girls had to wear shorts under our dresses in elementary school so we could still play on the monkey bars at recess. Clothing matters. It represents status quo, popularity and it showcases our goods. Why do we women feel that we must dress provocatively to get a man? According to God, our bodies are our temple and shall be treated as such and our bodies were meant for our husband’s eyes only. We’re you taught this value or moral? When did we lose this value? Did this value get taken from you by your rapist or abuser? Did your mother care enough to even teach it to you? Did you even grow up with a mom figure? We’re you not taught that beauty comes from within? What are you teaching your daughter, niece, little sister, cousin, students or wards about how to dress and be loved and admired? Do you realize you are a role model for anyone and everyone?
When deciding what to wear – look at yourself in the mirror, bend over, raise your arms, move around a bit…if ANYTHING is revealed, try something different.
I unapologetically believe that all women have a privilege and responsibility to be an example of strength, confidence and beauty – all of which are more adeptly demonstrated when we dress modestly and appropriately for all occasions.
I am over 45 years old and I didn’t start seeing this value until 9 years ago. My body belongs to God, myself and my husband. I find it better to leave a little to the imagination of what I look like without clothes on, than to advertise every inch of my body to the world.
Be an open book with your mind, your thoughts and dreams and aspirations…not with your body.