Men In Skirts: Historical or Homosexual?

(From the book “Catholic Modesty: What It Is, What It Isn’t And Why It’s Still Important”)

This year, 2020, popular singer Harry Styles donned a dress305 for the cover of Vogue magazine and quickly became a hot topic. Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens rightly called it out as “an attack on real men.”306 Of course, she was promptly attacked and slandered by the mob and the mass media.

The leftist secular media kept repeating, “men wore dresses in the past so this is OK and not emasculation.” Some even dared to call it “masculine” for a man to wear a dress, as Styles did. Aside from the fact that all of the “men” wearing dresses today are practicing sodomites and pedophiles (leaving aside Cultures such as the Scots, the Bhutanese, etc.), we are leaving a very, very big something out of the picture here. There are a few things of which we need to remind ourselves before we can even attempt to dive into the twisted mindset of secular society and their “definition and redefinition of masculinity.”

First, the radical Left does not even understand what authentic masculinity is, as they promote godless practices in the name of “freedom” and try to punish men who dare to live as real, strong, Christian men, calling them “homophobic, bigots, sexists, rapists, haters, unfeeling” etc.

Secondly, secular society is ridiculously immoral; Men dress in “drag” in over-the-top makeup and dresses, and it’s supposed to be cool. Gay men dress in women’s clothing, and it’s supposed to be normal. Pedophiles are now being called just another “sexual preference.”307 Gay men are wearing ball gowns, and it’s supposed to be historical and masculine.

Thirdly, society is literally backward and is becoming so in every facet of life. The height of “femininity” in the eyes of secular society is a Feminist. And not just a feminist: a witchy, bisexual (preferably lesbian), pant-wearing, workplace dominating, child-killing feminist. One who is constantly whining about made-up reasons to be insulted and angry (like manspreading308, mansplaining309, pregnancy310, periods311, bras312, abortion bans, mistletoe313 the list is endless). In this society, abortion is a sacrament. A man in a dress is great because it signifies the freedom of “men” to become more and more emasculated, more in touch with the homosexual spirit, more open to letting the moral fabric of society fall into decay and insanity. This society embraces men believing that they are women inside, and women believing they are indeed men, and that there are 112+ genders314, and that children should be raised gender-neutral315. Where convicted pedophiles316 in dresses and an obscene amount of makeup read pro-LGBT filth to children in libraries, it’s the humane thing to ban guns, but a ban that would allow babies born alive317 after an attempted abortion from taking place is inhumane.

Fourth, secular society wants men without chests. They want men without the wits, muscle, spiritual or physical strength to provide and protect their wives and children. Men without guns, a solid and steady faith life and moral backbone, without leadership and a steady job. Leaving children without a father and wives without a husband. No foundation, no rock, nothing solid. And are we surprised at the number of broken families318? Have we taken a look at the corroborating numbers of fatherless homes and crime? What about the number of same-sex attracted and gender-confused people who almost all have a past that includes problems with their fathers.319

This whole idea that men in dresses (men cross-dressing rather) is cool and masculine and in tune with history is coming from a society that is so sick and twisted that it holds murdering an innocent child in the womb and during birth as the highest form of currency, power, freedom, and yes, religion. A society where women dressing and acting like “men” is the norm and has been for decades. A society where sexually-perverse men and women (and children!320) parade the streets, online, in the news, and libraries. A society where one can do anything, as long as it is immoral, where one can say anything as long as it is immoral and blasphemes God and the natural order.

St. Ambrose, in his commentary on Deuteronomy 22:5321, writes,

If you consider it truly, there is an incongruity that nature itself abhors. For why, man, do you not want to appear to be what you were born as? Why do you put on a strange guise? Why do you ape a woman? Or why do you, woman, ape a man? Nature arrays each sex with its own garments. Men and women have different customs, different complexions, gestures and gaits, different sorts of strength, different voices.

We as a society have lost any true sense of gender: True masculinity and true femininity. Both genders have become mutilated and enmeshed together into what we have today. We have forgotten the importance of the little things that remind us of who we are and why we are. Today we have prided ourselves that we have changed what it means to be a woman and what it means to be a man. So much so that simple actions towards rediscovering how to act feminine as women, or masculine as men, have become taboo. Such as a strong, solidly religious man raising a large family with his wife who does not work outside the home. “Breaking barriers” and doing “what is taboo” has been the cool thing to do for decades. And it has become so old and so overplayed, yet the Left never ceases to amaze in what other “taboo” or “glass ceiling” they propose to break.

The Catholic Church has and will always call for men with courage, a strong moral backbone, and the ability to protect the vulnerable (yes, even using guns if necessary322). The effect of strong men is a safe, well-functioning society. Strong men take care of their wives and children and do not let them come to harm in any way, and do not leave them. Strong men make sure their cities elect good officials who will make the dignity of human life a priority and work honestly. Strong men notice and fix problems in the home, society, and yes, in the Churches. Strong men are there when times are tough and help improve it. A society that is broken is one with broken families, single mothers with nowhere to live or go for help, unwanted children aborted in the womb, unfair and unjust economic systems that are based on debt and interest and not true wealth, ill-functioning laws, and political systems that are only focused on greed and avarice; I can go on. Good, moral, strong men are an essential piece in a Christocentric, healthy society. This is what secularists are continually hammering in the ground with their filthy heels while crying against so-called “toxic masculinity.”

The Catholic Church is not against “men in robes.” Cassocks, Judges robes, Old Royalty. Cultures that include men wearing kilts and togas are not condemned by the Church either. But these are and were not worn to “prove something” to society, to show off their ability to be “out and proud homosexuals,” to promote severely immoral and broken ideologies and lifestyles that have been made the norm in society. The Left has taken the beauty of robes and has done what they always do to everything: made it all about sex and breaking with tradition and so-called “taboos.”

To conclude, a “man in a dress” isn’t just about a man wearing a feminine-styled dress; it isn’t a hat tip to men in history wearing robes and tunics, it isn’t a show of masculinity, nor is it even a salute to men of different cultures like the Scots. It is a blatant result of Toxic Feminist, homosexual, anti-family, anti-life, anti-gender role, anti-God ideology and practice. A grossly homosexual deviant wearing a dress is not masculine. A traditional, spiritually strong man in a cassock giving his life to Christ and serving others is indeed masculine. There is a difference, and I can assure you, the Left knows it.

Also posted here.

#PantlessLent – Worth a Try!

Claire Dodge from LittleLightFamily shares some practical insights on wearing skirts and dresses (no pants!) for Lent on Instagram!

” … if you’re planning on fasting from pants, wearing skirts and dresses exclusively for Lent this year, you might need to need to add a couple of inexpensive, “workhorse,” comfortable options that are versatile with your existing wardrobe.

Here’s a quick list to get us started, and please share more places you love to find thrifty, budget-friendly skirts and dresses!

@thredup
@poshmark
@thriftedskirts
@everthrift
@thegoodlifethrift
@themainstreetexchange
@roolee
@hm

St. Francis on Custody of the Eyes

St. Francis on Custody of the Eyes

Elaine Marie Jordan —- SOURCE

St. Francis of Assisi used to exhort his brethren frequently to guard and mortify their senses with the utmost care. He especially insisted on the custody of the eyes, and he used this parable of a King’s two messengers to demonstrate how the purity of the eyes reveals the chastity of the soul.A certain pious King sent two messengers successively to the Queen with a communication from himself. The first messenger returned and brought an answer from the Queen, which he delivered exactly. But of the Queen herself he said nothing because he had always kept his eyes modestly cast down and had not raised them to look at her.

The second messenger also returned. But after delivering in a few words the answer of the Queen, he began to speak warmly of her beauty. “Truly, my lord,” he said, “the Queen is the most fair and lovely woman I have ever seen, and thou art indeed happy and blessed to have her for thy spouse.”

At this the King was angry and said: “Wicked servant, how did you dare to cast your eyes upon my royal spouse? I believe that you may covet what you have so curiously gazed upon.”

Then he commanded the other messenger to be recalled, and said to him: “What do you think of the Queen?”

He replied, “She listened very willingly and humbly to the message of the King and replied most prudently.”

But the Monarch again asked him, “But what do you think of her countenance? Did she not seem to you very fair and beautiful, more so than any other woman?”

The servant replied, “My lord, I know nothing of the Queen’s beauty. Whether she be fair or not, it is for thee alone to know and judge. My duty was only to convey thy message to her.”

The King rejoined, “You have answered well and wisely. You who have such chaste and modest eyes shall be my chamberlain. From the purity of your eyes I see the chastity of your soul. You are worthy to have the care of the royal apartments confided to you.”

Then, turning to the other messenger, he said: “But you, who have such unmortified eyes, depart from the palace. You shall not remain in my house, for I have no confidence in your virtue.

The Works of the Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi,
London: R. Washbourne, 1882, pp. 254-255

Posted on September 27, 2008

A Modesty Proposal: Father Thomas Morrow

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Christian commitment seems to be catching on with young singles. And the acid test of that commitment is chastity. Are we willing to truly live the Gospel, including its sexual morality?

As people think more this way, they begin to think about the root causes of unchastity. One that comes to the fore is immodesty. The recovery of modesty is a key factor in the effort to return to a decent, biblical sexual ethic.

The issue of modest dress seems to rest mostly with women since they have more sexual values to conceal than men. Men, too, must be modest, although they have fewer sexual values about which to be modest. (T-shirts with the arms cut deep into the center of the shirt would be an example of immodest dress for men.)

Since women are more integrated than men, and see the whole person they are often unaware of how men are looking at them. Yet, at the same time, since the woman does not experience sensuality to the same degree as the man, she who should be more concerned about modesty does not feel the need for modesty. Pope John Paul II, in making this point in his book “Love and Responsibility,” concludes that, “The evolution of modesty in woman requires some initial insight into the male psychology.”

There are other problems in trying to talk about feminine modesty. First, one must be very careful in criticizing the way a woman dresses. Many men have learned this the hard way. Second, women generally dress to impress women, not men. Many women are not as sensitive to immodest dress (in women) as are men. And third, since men are the ones affected, it would seem appropriate that they be asked their thoughts about modest dress in women. Unfortunately, not all men have ever even given this a thought.

When I was a young bachelor, living on the beach in California, I believed in chastity, and tried hard to live it, but the idea of modest dress in women never crossed my mind. If I saw a woman dressed in a tight mini-skirt, or a minuscule bikini, my interior response was something like “Ooooeeh.” (Alas, an all too typical male response.) I was perfectly ready to visually exploit her, even though I had no intention to exploit her physically. Only later, when I began to think about the root causes of lust, did I realize that this sort of dress was having a negative effect on me.

Few men take the time to reflect on just what is happening when they face a sexily dressed woman. One who has is Father David Knight. He wrote the following:

“In the measure that a particular style of dress is consciously and deliberately provocative — whether the deliberate intent is on the part of the designer, or the wearer, or of both—this way of dressing must be recognized as a mild form of reverse rape by which a person arouses unsolicited sexual desire on another person who may not want to be aroused. Whenever this happens to men (who are more subject to this kind of arousal than women) it always causes some anger, whether recognized or not. This may explain some of the hostility and aggressive behavior that men are guilty of toward women.”

After reading Father Knight, I began to observe my own reactions. I noticed that I did feel uncomfortable when I saw a woman walk into a room provocatively dressed. I noticed, too, that when a woman was modestly dressed, I felt quite comfortable. I can’t say I felt anger over immodestly dressed women, but I did feel a certain concern for the woman, whom I feared would perhaps be the object of exploitation by men.

So what are the elements of dress that cause reactions in men? The most common one I hear is short skirts. Several times I have heard from men, who were religious but in no way square, that they could not believe how short some of the dresses were on women coming in to Church for Mass. They saw such dress and devotion as somehow contradictory. I had to agree. Dresses or skirts more than a couple of inches above the knee do affect men sexually, at least in a mild way, but perhaps even more psychologically. Their opinion of the woman as a whole is affected more. Women wearing mid-calf dresses often look quite sharp, feminine and appealing to the man looking for a good, solid wife. Many men who have been burned before will shy away from a woman who wears short skirts.

Other things typically stir a certain sexual reaction in men: breasts partially clothed, tight dresses, “sexy hair.” Sometimes women are truly surprised to hear the way men are reacting to them, while at the same time other women are deeply aware of all this.

What it comes down to for a woman is this: Do you want to be remembered for your legs, your chest, or your curves? Or do you want to be remembered for your warmth, your femininity, your personality, your decency, your goodness. If a woman accentuates her physical values, she will surely drown out her other, more personal, more significant and more lasting values.

Some women respond, “Well, what will become of me if I don’t wear short skirts? Won’t I become a hopelessly outdated old maid?” There are several flaws in this argument. First, the same women will wear longer skirts from time to time and look quite fashionable.

Second, a good Christian woman has so much going for her, that even if short skirts were a benefit (which they aren’t), they would be of minimal importance. A woman living in the state of grace has a bit of an aura that far exceeds any fashion statement. As one person put it, “There is nothing more attractive than holiness.” Christian women sometimes underestimate their inner beauty, perhaps because the fashion designers have such a strong influence, placing so much stress on the exterior.

Now some may argue, “Well, we’ve come a long way (baby). Styles are much more revealing today than 60 years ago. It used to be risque for a woman to show her legs at the beach. The things that are called immodest today may seem quite commonplace 30 years from now.” True, but generally those who are committed to the Lord are not at the cutting edge of revealing styles. That sort of groundbreaking could be left to the pagans.

Others may argue, “Well, it’s too hot out.” Hot as it may be, there are modest clothes that allow you to be cool (those from India wear them). And, furthermore, which is more important, being comfortable or helping people avoid sin (and being treated better)?

When I see a woman modestly dressed, I think, ‘There’s a woman who doesn’t play up to the media, to the designers or to any man. She’s her own woman, or, better yet, she’s God’s woman.”

There are plenty of modest, chic women, who dress sharply, but not sexily, women who are in control of their own styles, to the extent that they are decent. These women are also in control of their social lives, and get less pressure for sexual favors.

Let’s face it, our world has virtually lost any sense of decency. Granted, it’s time for men to step forward and take part in the moral renewal of our culture. But women have their part to play as well, not only for the sake of the men who are trying to do the right thing, but for their own sakes as well. Women have the most to gain from chastity, and modesty is a good way to begin.

Endnote

Father Morrow is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D. C.

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Modest Workout Looks (from Madeline Gramling)

Stylish, gorgeous and modest fashionista, Madeline Gramling over at “YourCoolGrandmasCloset” on Instagram has the best content and if you’re not already following her I highly suggest you do so!

Also go check out her website!

Here is a video she just posted, sharing some MODEST WORKOUT LOOKS:

Finally, Ratings for BOOKS!

Have you ever begun reading a book and right away regret wasting your time with it ? Solely because it plops an inappropriate scene (or story in general…).

Here are 5 websites that can help you figure out which fiction books are worth reading, morally, without having to worry about stumbling upon garbage no one needs to read.

The standards of morality that these books rating websites hold are not usually as high as ours as Catholics are (or rather, should be), but they explain enough about the book that one gets the general idea, and can decided whether or not to just leave the book or take a chance.

Our favorites in order:

Commonsense Media Book Review

Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn Book section

Compass Book Ratings

Rated Reads

Novel Book Ratings

Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments below!