Mike Cope's blog

Monday, June 07, 2004

One eleven year old girl (my son's age!) went into a huge department store to find jeans. They all rode well below her hips and made her feel half naked. So what difference could one kid make? Check out this week's "Fax of Life" from Rubel Shelly.

6 Comments:

  • Well, one time, the Taco Bell in Searcy quit carrying the chili-cheese burritos (dubbed the "Chillito" by the Harbin crowd), so we wrote to their CEO. And nothing happened.

    But then I moved to Abilene and discovered Taco Bueno and all is good. Who wants a chillito anyway, when you can have Mucho Nachos, and an IBC root beer on tap?

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 6/07/2004 11:32:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 6/07/2004 11:32:00 AM  

  • I work at a Christian youth camp in the summers. We've got a definite dress code, but sometimes it's hard to enforce because some of the girls not only didn't bring appropriate clothing -- sometimes they don't own appropriate clothing. There seems to be a strict dichotomy in a lot of female fashion lately: one can either be half-dressed or she can opt for modesty at the expense of style. This really shouldn't be a problem.

    There are some stores that still offer both, but sometimes it's a virtual safari to find something that allows for comfort, style and modesty -- all in the same outfit.

    And, too, it's becoming more and more difficult to convince girls that some of the popular styles aren't flattering or modest. So much of it reverts subconsciously to "everybody else is doing it" that modesty has become a sliding scale.

    Dunno. It bugs me.

    Of course it also bugs me when ladies are lectured on proper attire in order not to "tempt" men, since this often sets up the attitude for blaming the woman if a man loses control. (That excuse didn't work for Adam, either: 'the woman you gave me, Lord...' Different situation, same issue: self control/personal responsibility.) I agree there's a need for proper attire, etc., but given that quite a bit of the world is apathetic toward it, men should be taught to control themselves. Despite her clothing, I don't think it's a woman's fault if a man can't keep his eyes, hands or otherwise to himself.

    [I should really learn to rant in my own blog...]

    By Blogger Q, at 6/08/2004 06:25:00 AM  

  • Good grief! Maybe by the time Maddie and Ella are "of age" the fashion for women will have reverted TRULY retro to the 20's or something. One can hope.

    As for Greg and his Taco Bueno, may I say from all those living without Taco Bueno now and going to TB support groups, you are a DOG! But as long as you are living high there in Abilene, please have a Bueno Chilada platter with a large Strawberry soda for me.

    Now, what was this blog about again?

    By Blogger Brandon Scott, at 6/08/2004 09:41:00 AM  

  • Q - I love what you wrote. I agree totally!

    By Blogger Mike, at 6/08/2004 10:04:00 AM  

  • Great post, Mike, and great comment, Quiara. Isn't "self-control" one of the fruits of the Spirit?!? But it IS difficult to effectively speak to women about how they contribute to problem of all-too-available visual stimulation for men without unintentionally communicating that men are just poor animals who simply CAN'T control themselves in such circumstances. But we have to keep trying.

    Unfortunately, the place where I must exercise the most self-control each week is when I am leading worship on Sunday mornings. When female members walk in late to church wearing something short, tight or revealing, I have to call up that old covenant with my eyes. It's interesting that the temptation is strongest at such an important and holy time of the week.

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 6/08/2004 11:21:00 AM  

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