Modesty was a very important concept for girls and young women. In the early 1960s, skirts had to cover the knees. This set an appropriate level of modesty, and modesty was a valued quality boys looked for when Catholic girls reached dating age. Bathing suits had been one piece affairs, but then the two piece bathing suit was introduced, resembling underwear. Next, the bikini, regarded as daring and even scandolous and rightly so. These things were advertised in magazines and shown in movies.
Then came mini-skirts and mini-dresses. Women, especially young women, were encouraged to abandon modesty and decency. Why?
Coming to the present day, I saw a magazine cover at the supermarket with Britney wearing a gauze mini-dress (?) with her underwear clearly visible. Does this girl have a mother or father? Would you want your daughter on a magazine cover dressed like this?
And going along with what is considered stylish dress, is a certain type of behavior. It is no secret that Britney and Paris and others have numerous out of wedlock sexual encounters. And when a new girl becomes a celebrity, I often read how these people “shed their good girl image” shortly after signing up.
Wake up Catholics! Are your daughters walking around in what I call half-pants that don’t even go up to their waists? Are they wearing underwear that consists of a piece of string?
I encourage everyone to throw out the secular magazines and turn off the TV. And I also encourage you to not watch movies where a very attractive couple has a sex filled, unmarried relationship. The fact of the matter is, the more we focus on these very negative role models, the harder it is to focus and imitate Jesus in our lives.
There used to be a thing called good, clean fun. It’s been replaced by raunchy, dirty behavior.