Why girls shouldn’t wear yoga pants to school

Posted: March 29, 2014 in Christian Living
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The way you dress makes a statement about your character, your values and the level of purity in your heart. God’s Word tells us that all of our outward behavior is the result of the thoughts, desires, and motives of our hearts. — “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear, but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

As Christian girls and women, what message should our clothing communicate to others? We live in a sex-crazed culture that bombards our young people with a sensual message that is contrary to what the Lord desires and the carnal philosophies and practices of the world around us are dominated by the enemies of God. This culture teaches women to be aggressive, brazen and to display themselves and their bodies in ways that are designed to get sexual attention. It doesn’t teach women to be modest, and why should it? That’s not the way of the world.

God has called us to be different, to go against the flow. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s hard to be a godly man or woman in a pagan culture—how much harder for young people? But this is exactly what Christ calls us to do—it’s so important that we, as parents, need to teach our children to represent the heart and the spirit of Christ by the way that our lives are different from the culture, whenever the culture is contrary to the Word of God. “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

A middle school in Evanston, Ill., has issued a new dress code barring girls from wearing shorts, leggings and yoga pants to school, on the grounds that the leg-displaying garments are distracting to boys.
Google “yoga pants images” and you’ll see exactly what I mean —especially if you remember what it was like being a student in middle school through high school.

What’s really surprising to me is the reaction of some of the parents of the kids in that school. They think that the Haven dress code is sexist because it makes the girls stop wearing skin-clinging, butt-hugging outerwear instead of making the boys stop looking at and thinking about the girls wearing skin-clinging, butt-hugging outwear. Really?

One mother s’ email sent to Haven Principal Kathy Roberson states:
“We are frankly shocked at this antiquated and warped message that is being sent to the kids. Under no circumstances should girls be told that their clothing is responsible for boys’ bad behaviors. This kind of message lands itself squarely on a continuum that blames girls and women for assault by men. It also sends the message to boys that their behaviors are excusable, or understandable given what the girls are wearing. And if the sight of a girl’s leg is too much for boys at Haven to handle, then your school has a much bigger problem to deal with.”

Parents need to remember that adolescent heterosexual boys think about girls almost all the time. They have a radar-like capacity for spotting and looking at attractive females. Adolescent heterosexual girls, for their part, are just about as boy crazy as the boys are girl crazy, and they have a desire to show off as much of themselves to the opposite sex as they can get away with. Add to that runaway hormones and extreme immaturity of early adolescence, and you have a school scene that is more about who wants to “hook up” with who, than it is about studying and getting good grades.

Of course schools should insist that boys be severely punished for harassment of girls. But there’s nothing wrong with telling girls to tone it down for their part. Picking up my granddaughters from their high school, I have seen girls who are dressed in a way that leaves very little to the imagination.

School is supposed to be a serious environment. Shorts and yoga pants are perfectly fine in some recreational settings, but most people would agree that they are inappropriate to wear in most offices or medical settings. Therefore, we should deem them inappropriate for school as well.

One thing that I can’t understand about these “progressive” parents is that so many of them want their daughters to become scientists, doctors and lawyers, but they don’t want them to dress or act appropriately in the educational settings that will prepare them for those professions. They don’t want boys treating their daughters like sex objects, but they don’t mind their daughters dressing themselves like sex objects.

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

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Comments
  1. I agree 100% with you that our dressing is a reflection of who we are, and for this very reason we should teach our young girls how to dress appropriately. We should teach our girls not to we any clothing style simply because it is a trendy style which their friends wear but to wear clothes that truly reflect who they are. We should teach our girls to be modest and dignified in their dressing, they can still dress very stylish and elegant in very modest clothes. Yoga pants have no place in the classroom

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