I have three questions about modesty. I would like to know what traditional Catholics think about this, because I find that Catholics who are not ‘traditional’ are more relaxed even if they are faithful to the Church, but I’d like to see a justification of this by a conservative.
Swimwear: What is appropriate? I have read TraditioninAction.org articles, and it seems like they are very very conservative. I don’t mind their stance, but are they against people swimming for competition, for example? I mean, in competitive swimming, you cannot have loose fitting attire, you must have skin-tight swimwear to reduce the drag. So is it ok to wear skintight swimwear as long as you do so for practicality, not in order to be more seductive?
Middle ages: Apparently during the middle ages, a woman exposing her ankles was more risque then if she exposed her breasts, and cleavage was common among nobles. Was this condemned by priests (the cleavage) and was it allowed in Church? If not and it was acceptable, doesnt that mean fashion is relative to the culture? So if pants or short skirts become acceptable in modern society, isn’t that the same relativism which happened when society went from Middle Ages society (where cleavage was acceptable) to conservative 1950s (where cleavage was unacceptable)?
Tribes: and that brings me to the last question - if missionaries come to a foreign land and the natives are dressed ‘immodestly’ (like African tribe which only cover the genitals of a man and women with exposed breasts), are these tribes being immodest or is it acceptable since that is their culture?
I personally think it is wrong that miniskirts and exposing cleavage and midriffs has become acceptable in modern society, but I don’t know how to refute people who say that cleavage was acceptable in the middle ages, and that there are native tribes which have women completely exposed - should they change their culture or not? I just need help refuting. And if you do argue for conservative swimwear/clothing, could you please provide an example? Don’t just say ‘be more modest’, but maybe provide a picture - swmwear like this is ok…