This past Sunday, I hurried through the newspaper looking for the coupon section and came across the JC Penny flyer tucked away within. These were the shorts that got my attention. Advertised to Juniors (and to their money wielding moms) were these insensitive, indiscreet, fragment of denim. I must admit, the ad almost made me cry. My heart was instantly burdened for the boys that would struggle at the site of them and the girls that would subject themselves to them.
Ladies, please hear me. This is not fashion. This is exploitation.
I know, based on research and experience from talking with girls and their moms, that this type of clothing leads to the three most common health issues teens face. Low self-esteem, eating disorders and depression. Why? Because shorts like these, among a plethora of immodest garments, makes one focus more on her sexual appeal than on her inner strengths. In a nutshell, she turns to her “goods” instead of her “greatness” for attention. Many times, that shift of values renders her insecure–and believing the lie–that no one would just love her for what her insides offer. Ambition. Humor. Love.
While focusing on, and receiving that outward attention, she becomes highly susceptible to eating disorders that help her keep that head-turing body. No wonder it ultimately leads her down a road to depression.
I made up my mind years ago that I would no longer BE THAT GIRL. I still peruse the fashion flyers the come in the Sunday paper, but I filter those fashions through the modesty guidelines God has given me.
Fashion isn’t the enemy. Satan is. And he would love to watch you sacrifice your integrity on the alter of bad taste.
We are worth more than a sliver of denim parading as a pair of shorts.