A quote from a June 18th Pastoral Letter by Most Rev. John W. Yanta, Bishop of Amarillo was recently quoted on Dawn Eden’s blog.
"Dressing or putting on one’s clothes is a moral act and wearing them is a moral act."
The bishop immediately adds:
There are different appropriate modes of dress for different occasions, e.g. in the privacy of our home, with our spouse only or with our children in our home, at work or school, in mixed company, at the lake or swimming pool, grocery shopping, at church, etc.
His pastoral letter quotes heavily from the Catechism and talks mainly of the virtues.
The Feministe blog takes exception to the quote and letter that they found via Dawn.
Which is interesting, as these two statements seem to indicate that men shouldn’t leer at women. Which apparently gets translated into telling those temptresses to cover it up, because if the dudes are looking at you, it’s because you’re dressed like a harlot and you’re inciting them.
The Bishop is careful to couch all of his admonishments in gender-neutral terms, but anyone with a teaspoon of common sense understands that when we’re critcizing people for wearing “provocative,” “suggestive,” “tight,” and “sexual” clothing, we probably aren’t talking to the guys.
It is no surprise that a feminist blog would only see this in a terms of there "blaming us" when it comes to modesty since this is such a common argument and that the issue of modesty only addresses what women wear. While for the most part it is true that in our current culture that it is more likely that women dress immodestly, it has not always been so. Cod pieces and other paraphernalia are currently out of style, but men throughout history have also been guilty of dressing immodestly.
I do wonder how feminism went off the tracks from wanting respect and equality of treatment to not having a problem with women being mainly seen as a sexual commodity and viewed mainly by sexual attributes. There is of course a total lack of understanding that modesty in dress is a charitable act. Custody of the eyes is hard enough to practice in these times unless you happen to be wearing dark glasses and walking around with a white cane. Concupiscence is a reality and whether male or female actively dressing modestly is truly a moral act and a very charitable one.