Shortly after God made clothes out of sheep skin for Adam and Eve, the very next thing Eve did was turn to Adam and ask, “Does this make me look fat?” Or at least we can imagine that she did.
As far back as the Song of Solomon we know that women were judging themselves, their attractiveness and their worth by how they looked– their physical features. They compare themselves to each other. They long to have things that others have. They believe that their worth is tied to how they look, and they project this onto men (who already look at women for the outside too much) creating a vicious cycle.
Feminism tried to help women to see that they were worth more than their body– that they had every right to vote, to get a job, and to their own life. The problem at the root of feminism is that instead of focusing on what makes women special, they tried to make woman into man.
To that end, they encouraged women to not only compete for the men’s jobs but to adopt a stereotypical male attitude when it came to sex. Whereas the women of old would try to enhance their figure and improve their looks– especially for their husband– the new woman would choose to put herself on display to show her freedom. She would celebrate her form instead of hiding it, and she would think that this is pretty.
The only problem is that it change woman from being something wholesome and feminine to something sinful and sexual.
If I didn’t know better, I would consider that the founder of the feminist movement in the United States was a male. Seriously! Instead of having to sneak around to buy magazines where women showed off their body, now they can go to the local mall. Instead of having to purchase a sleezy magazine of women in their underwear, they can go to the nearest beach.
Not only that, but the new feminism has convinced women that they will be the most fulfilled only when they can detach emotion from sex, and have it as casually as a man. So now, instead of the guy having to work hard, to buy a ring and commit to a life together with provision and love, all the guy has to do is show up and make sure he jumps on the bed at his earliest convenience.
That’s why it’s important that we encourage this next stage of feminism– that of modesty. We fathers have to be guardians of our wives and daughters letting them know what their clothing signals. That’s why it’s important for mothers to show their daughters what is wholesome. And it’s also important that fathers teach their sons how to treat a lady, how one looks, and what to do about the girl with the morals of an alley cat.