I keep running into this “women shouldn’t wear pants, they’re too sexy that way” thing. Today it was in Jimmy Akin’s comboxes, of all things! (Not by Jimmy, needless to say.)
What torques me off:
A) Global nature of declaration. Women in skirts = intrinsically modest. Women in pants = intrinsically Jezebel. From gradeschooler to Granny, from professional woman to “professional woman”, there is simply no other way for the pants-ban-man to look at the world of women.
B) Obstinate and perhaps deliberate misreading of intent. I’m pretty sure that, in general, most women tend to put on skirts if they want to attract men, and wear pants to be more or less neutral. This of course differs by the individual piece of clothing, and certainly it’s not the only reason to wear skirts. (I wear skirts when I’m feeling fat, or when I feel the urge to swish when I walk. No woman wears tight jeans for reasons of comfort, though women may wear them for reasons of not having anything else that’s not in the laundry basket.) But this kind of cultural misunderstanding is difficult to comprehend coming from any member of American culture. Therefore, I am tempted to interpret it as deliberate misreading.
C) Apparently, the pants-ban-man doesn’t really find women in skirts terribly attractive. He doesn’t say to himself, “Ah, I see that I receive a mild aesthetic charge from this style of clothing, and therefore I will have to work on my custody of the eyes when I sit behind certain ladies.” No, he says, “EVIL WOMEN IN PANTS MAKE ME HAVE BAD DESIRES! MUST BAN PANTS!”
D) Dude, it’s not all about you. Women wear clothes for utility, for their own sense of style, and for other women to admire said sense of style, as well as for the delectation of the opposite sex. A great deal of the time, we aren’t thinking about you at all. It’s quite likely that we aren’t shaking our hineys at you in any way, and that if you think we are, you’re being delusional. I know that’s sad for the pants-ban-man.
E) If I wanted to be a burqa’d Muslim, I’d be okay with making myself a victim of men who blame their every urge on me. But as I am Catholic, I think I’ll pass on all that.