Pop your blood-pressure meds, kiddos, because I’m about to take you on a carnival of terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad gender relations, according to one conservative Christian website.
We have to start by talking about “modesty.” In my opinion, the teaching of modesty to teen and preteen girls is one of the most toxic and divisive aspects of Christian culture. It can have life-long implications in the way that women dress, act, and feel about themselves, as well as their understanding of how to interact with men. It comes from pure, unfettered patriarchal nonsense that reinforces the idea that men are slavering goons, hapless at the sight of a tantalizing shoulder or waist. It is the woman’s responsibility to mitigate mens’ desires by covering up all of their “problem bits.” (Oh, and no need to worry about same-sex attraction. That doesn’t exist, don’tcha know!)