This post is in response to the article How to create ex-Mormons by Jana Weiss which should be read first in order to understand my comments.
After reading this article I felt that there was something a bit off about the reasoning the author employed but couldn’t quite put my finger on what was bothering me. On the surface, looking at the “Mormon Prom Ad”, it does seem that we are over critical about what young women wear. But it’s time to look past that surface and ask more logically valid questions.
Why isn’t the list for young men as long as the list for young women? Because it is nearly impossible to buy immodest clothing for young men. Men’s clothing doesn’t come sleeveless, sheer, lacy or see-through. It isn’t low-cut and doesn’t have cutouts or slits up the thigh. Button shirts are not cut low in the front or the back and have tails that don’t allow midriffs to show. The only trouble they can get into is covered by “no low rider pants please”.
Another, more important question: Why is men’s clothing so much more modest than women’s clothing? Think about that. Could it be that the fashion design industry – begun by men and still controlled by men – have put women into skimpier and skimpier clothing? Why do you think they would do that to women and not themselves? That should be obvious. The problem is, women have been snookered into believing the claptrap put forth by the fashion design and media industries that we should be able to wear anything we want, however immodest, when in fact the men in those businesses have deluded us into a decades-long strip-tease for them. Red carpet fashion now regularly features essentially naked women with minuscule patches of beads or sequins to barely cover a few spots on the front of their dresses. How is this liberating? And look at the red carpet fashions for men – they are covered ankle to neck to wrists. Doesn’t anyone notice this?
More men will start accepting women as equals when we reject the fashions they have created for us and maintain the same percentage of clothing on our bodies that they do.
To be continued…