Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Modesty For The Ladies!

The Values Voter Summit is about voters whose values apply to other people's behavior, pretty much.  Or that's my humble opinion, because most of them are concerned about gays and lesbians and the atrocious immodesty of women.

Think Progress discussed the most recent Values Voter Summit last week:

Literature being handed out at the Values Voter Summit on Friday attacks women for being “immodest” and extolled them to “go home and put some clothes on!”

In flyers and brochures on display at Values Voters, the social conservative conference where Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke, an organization called Modesty Matters criticized women for dressing “immodestly” at church, and blamed women for causing men to stare lustfully at them.
Women must “embrace MODESTY in dress and behavior,” one of the handouts read. Women dressed immodestly in church are “an insult to a holy God,” another said.

Ouch.  I wonder what the church ladies are wearing, to cause such a fuss.  Something ankle revealing?

Just kidding.  This reminded me so much about the extreme Islamic prescription for women's dress and a similar praise of modesty in women.  As the Think Progress mentions, this is explained by men being so very visual!

Could blinders help?  Or just not looking?  That's sorta what I do when something I could see might upset me.   I turn my divine gaze away.  Worth trying.

Perhaps that is far too simple.  But what are the studies which prove that men are visual and that women are not visual?  Those studies might exist, of course.  Still, I smell an excuse here, the idea that women are ultimately the ones responsible for that snake of lust rising inside the men's ...  chests.

Finally, we learn this from our Voters With Values:

- From the “True Woman Manifesto”: “All women, whether married of single, are to model femininity in their various relationships, by exhibiting a distinctive modesty, responsiveness, and gentleness of spirit.”

Translated into our reality, women must be submissive and not seen until needed.  When that happens, they have to go along with whatever is wanted from them.