I'm not actually here to debate, it just sounded like a good title. Raising boys is a wild adventure but dressing them is simple. You merely have to walk into any store buy blue jeans, dockers or any other kind of pants and a polo and t-shirt and you are good to go. That's it. They look like any other decently groomed person without an attitude. But trying to raise modest girls is really... something else. I have spent more time looking at how women/girls dress and praying over it. I came to one very clear conclusion. Our Blessed Mother could never have lived in this world at this time. Why? Because God always kept her hidden, she always kept herself hidden, there would be no way she could be kept hidden on this earth. There is nothing in the ordinary sphere of the Catholic World that Our Blessed Mother could or would wear. When it comes to modesty the weird answer I get is "What would Our Lady wear?" I spent hours in prayer over this question. Our Lady could not wear anything we wear as she never revealed herself externally or internally to any eyes in any way. Our Blessed Mother was perfect, she was beautiful beyond words both inside and out, she was the pinnacle of virtue. No. God in His Infinite Wisdom placed her upon this earth at that particular time in History for a particular reason. To accomplish His Will while keeping her hidden from who she really was. (so, why did He put me here and now, I wonder?!).
So... in raising girls who have gone beyond Lands' End dresses and jumpers it is so hard. I have watched families go from way-oversized little-house-on-the-prairie garb to giving it all up because it was "too hard". Red flag. Danger. Wrong. But what is truly acceptable in the Eyes of God so as to avoid tempting men (who, from what I understand, are rather easily tempted.. no offense)? I have spent so much time on this question. So for today I decided to put together a curiosity poll. No, I wouldn't take my standard of modesty from a poll, but I am curious as I am a small little blog with a small little following, generally Catholic, I would guess. The poll is not about your highest ideal of modesty but about what you think is acceptable in the Eyes of God for women's attire and in avoiding being a temptation to men. The poll goes shortest to longest in both polls... so be sure to click your answer, not the one marked which is automatic. Of course, I probably don't have enough people here to do a poll but come on... polls are fun and anonymous.