They say the clothes make the man. Well what about the woman?
This morning I was doing some on-line shopping. I came across a website that offers deep discounts on brand-name clothes and decided I'd take a look at the dresses. Both of my girls could use a new dress and if the price was right, it would be nice to surprise them with one.
As I searched through the pages, a brand-name caught my eye. Promiscuous. Surely that was the name of that particular dress. After all, it was strappy and short, right? Wrong. It's a whole line of clothes that include dresses, tops, shoes and intimates.
I thought I knew what the word meant, but I looked it up, just in case:
Promiscuous: 1. Having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners. 2. Lacking standards of selection; indiscriminate.
I find it hard to imagine that a woman would want to be considered promiscuous or that she'd want to wear a label called Promiscuous after reading this definition. At best, it means a loose, easy woman. At worst, it means you have no standards and probably have bad taste. And even if a woman is promiscuous, would she want to advertise it with an actual label?
And yet, we often label ourselves without wearing the word.
In the google search for Promiscuous clothing, I found an article that listed the nine most promiscuous clothing items women wear--according to men. Most of them were fairly obvious, but a few surprised me.
1. The BodyCon dress. I hadn't heard of this before, but when I looked it up, it appears that it's any super-short, form-fitting dress.
2. Crop tops.
3. Corset tops
5. Underwear worn as outerwear
6. Pencil Skirts
7. Knee Boots
8. Stiletto heels
9. Mini Skirts
I'm not advocating that you burn anything with lace or that pencil skirts and heels equal a loose woman. But as you look over this list, and see what men perceive as promiscuous clothing, maybe we too often label ourselves without even knowing it.
Something to think about, both for ourselves and our daughters.