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They are in the world, but not of the world. They have set themselves apart for Christ. That makes them a great example for the rest of us! And, they can pray for us! :)
On the other hand, some active orders are too worldly. They've shucked their traditional habits (which say they are not 'of the world') for street clothes which says they ARE of the world. Not good. That makes them seem not much different than us, actually. And we want a better example than ourselves. Human beings are attracted to discipline and order and sacrifice. That's why we so admire the U.S. Marines!
Oh, Scooby, you should know better. This topic has been discussed* ad nauseam* here and on phat. Most of the congregations new in civvies were founded by women who had always desired and directed that their sisters dressed like the common poor women of the day, often widows. They never planned that their members be dressed in medieval garb. It may be true that young women like habits, at least the concept--whether they like wearing them in Africa or the Deep South is another question--but that isn't what the vast majority of the original foundresses of the apostolic congregations wanted or directed in their original documents. That what Vat II directed the communities to do-modernize, for one thing and eamine their original documents for another.
Many have alleged that you can't recognize a religious in modern garb. From what I see on the websites, you would be hard pressed not to recognize them.
I take it that you are male. What is it about women's religious habits that makes male posters attack those who don't wear them? Young women may desire habits, but don't attack those who don't wear them.
Discipline and Order and Sacrifice, huh? Every congregation and order under the sun exercise and emphasize these qualities. Try reading some website newsletters and blogs for a while.