I have been thinking about this for a while, but all these threads about modesty brought it up again for me.
The idea seems to be that it’s ok to dress according to social standards of what constitutes modest dress, as long as we don’t go too far, which is somewhat left undefined.
Some people who are very serious about modesty will bring up some documents from the early part of the 1900’s, most of which accept the at-that-point recent raising of hemlines but not slacks on women.
And then there are the rest of us… confused, and some of whom are still wearing slacks.
But when I was thinking about all this, and the whole, “society sets the standard” idea, it occurred to me that maybe if we have a standard which is immodest, and men are continually having to “turn off” their natural reaction to what women are revealing, that this would have a bad effect on the way men see women, in that I think God intended men to view women one way: as potential wives and mothers (not necessarily of the man looking) and so to treat them as… well, women.
Instead it seems that men have to turn off their natural reaction to women because otherwise they would be sort of overwhelmed. So they end up in this state where part of their mind is habitually repressed, and they do not look at women in the way they are supposed to.
I can see that this might explain quite a lot of things that are going on nowadays, altho I would really hate to have to give up my pants, not to mention those of my skirts on which the hemline is above the ankle.
Is this a nutty idea or do you think there might be something in it?