When the world began there was only one man and one woman on earth. They were married, naked, and unashamed. Then they ate the forbidden fruit and suddenly guilt fell upon them and they were ashamed of their nakedness. They sewed fig leaves together and made themselves clothes.
From that time on, people have recognized the differences between men and women. We are built physically and emotionally different. A lot of the ways we react to those differences is based on society and how as a society we view our bodies.
Advertisements in magazines, television, and internet has sexualized women’s bodies. Women that flaunt their bodies whether they realize it or not are prowling on the lusts of men.
“For the commandment [is] a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction [are] the way of life, To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. For by means of a harlot [A man is reduced] to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared?”
(Pro 6:23-28 NKJV)
Men’s desires are aroused by what they see. These visual images are something we should not want our husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons to have to fight against. A good man will avert his eyes and feel disgusted at an uncovered woman in the streets.
Think of the message we present to our daughters if women were allowed to go top-less. It’s bad enough that young girls these days are dressed in sensual clothes. Imagine the danger to our daughters if they are suddenly allowed to not wear shirts at all? They would become easy targets.
Another problem to a top-less society is the sensualized view of what true beauty is. How many women do you know are not happy with some feature of their body or face? Women tend to compare themselves to what media deems as beautiful. Struggling beneath makeup and girdles to conform to what society deems attractive.
As a woman ages she is no longer able to fit into society’s standards as wrinkles form and skin sags. I would not want my husband comparing my middle aged body that has delivered 6 children to any other woman that sees themselves fit to go around the town top-less.
Our worth as women should not be in our physical appearance. True beauty is what a woman carries in her heart not her physical appearance.
Do not let your adornment be [merely] outward–arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on [fine] apparel– rather [let it be] the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible [beauty] of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (1Pe 3:3-4 NKJV)
Charm [is] deceitful and beauty [is] passing, But a woman [who] fears the LORD, she shall be praised. (Pro 31:30 NKJV)
About the Author:
Anastacia Maness is a preacher’s wife and homeschooling mother of 6 blessings. When she is not chasing her blessings she is writing about them at http://rocksolidfamily.com