Females in today’s culture dress to impress, but who are they trying to impress? Mostly, girls dress for girls, seeing as how girls think the majority of heterosexual men do not notice such things. However, they do notice, but what they are noticing is not healthy for their minds and can be distracting. These clothes can contribute to a man’s sexual desires, causing them to lust. Lusting is considered one of the seven deadly sins, it’s effects can consume most if not all of your thoughts and dreams. While the seven deadly sins are not ever written in the Bible, lust is condemned several times throughout the numerous pages.
The issue with immodesty is all over the world and considered “culturally acceptable.” The sex-sells theory is at large part to blame for this problem. In an airport in Frankfurt, there are nude ads hanging all around. On popular websites commonly used by children under the age of eighteen are “soft porn” advertisements. Commercials selling anything from tires to perfume use photos suggesting nudity or wearing very little in the first place. Ultimately, human nature is at fault. We are drawn to the unseen and specific things we are told not to do. Having someone lusting is bad makes it that much more desirable. Whatever the case, it is an issue that should no longer be ignored.
Media nowadays, specifically prime-time television, uses immodesty for comedic entertainment and to help boost it’s viewer numbers. A specific example would be on Two and a Half Men, a CBS special, Jake gets caught drawing a picture of a well-endowed girl in his class, making fun of her large chest. Alan, Jake’s father, then has to go to a meeting with the girl’s principal and the child’s mother. As Alan waits for the meeting to begin, an attractive young woman with a large bust sits next to him wearing a shirt that leaves very little to the imagination. To her astonishment, Alan can’t keep his eyes away from her breasts. His constant infatuation and momentary lapse of social skills offends her. Should she expect more from him? Sure! Is she honestly thinking no one will look when she chose to wear this shirt? Of course they will look. It’s a easy way to get a self-esteem boost. Women know men will look, they like them to look, but they don’t want men to know they want them to look.
Young, beautiful actresses are being convinced that innocent-looking is childish. A few examples of this would be Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, and Hillary Duff. Jessica Biel is a great actress and was wonderful on 7th Heaven. She began to worry that her “good-girl” reputation would keep her from getting a job on a movie set. To rebel and prove she wasn’t so innocent, she tried to get out of her 7th Heaven contract by posing topless for Gear magazine when she was only seventeen years old. Disney’s famous princess, Anne Hathaway, also is a great actress. She played in many Disney movies such as The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2, and Ella Enchanted to name a few. She went from a sweet, innocent princess, to having nude scenes in Havoc and Brokeback Mountain. Hillary Duff, also a Disney character, went from innocent to a “normal” teenage look. These are just a few celebrities that have been bitten by the ferociousness of this problem. Obviously, if famous people are effected, people in our own neighborhoods are being influenced in the same manner.
It all starts with wanting someone to notice you, then, you decide to show a little more. The process continues to worsen until someone puts a stop to it. Who will that be? When will it be? Is it ultimately an individual choice that will never be fully resolved? Is dressing to impress healthy for our sexual appetites? Of course it is not, but whether anyone listens or not, we many never know. Whatever the case, as you get dressed today, remember, you reap what you sow.