Christian Mother Bans ‘Lustful’ Leggings From Wardrobe, Says They Dishonor God, Husband

Once again, the misogyny that is so inherent and deeply ingrained in fundamentalist Christianity rears its ugly head. What’s the beef this time, you might ask? Well, of all things, leggings. That’s right, ladies. According to one Christian blogger, you shouldn’t wear leggings because they might entice men who aren’t your husband to look at you.

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Image Credit: Flickr

Veronica Partridge, a Christian wife and mother from Oregon, took to her blog recently to describe her internal turmoil over whether or not to continue wearing the comfortable, form-fitting pants that are so popular with so many women, saying the subject weighed “heavy on my heart.” Well, lady, if that is all that is weighing heavy on your heart, I’d say you’ve got a pretty good life.

Partridge, of course did what any good little fundamentalist wife who obeys every word her husband says without question would do, and asked him what to do. His response, according to her blog post was:

“When I walk into a place and there are women wearing yoga pants everywhere, it’s hard to not look. I don’t, but it’s not easy.”

Well, that one sentence was all it took for Partridge, who happens to be the wife of Christian motivational speaker Dale Partridge, to decide that she would never wear leggings again. Well, not never. The blogger says of wearing the pants now:

“The only time I feel (for myself) it is acceptable to wear them, is if I am in the comfort of my own home or if I am wearing a shirt long enough to cover my rear end.”

She goes on to reason that if her husband, who “loves, honors, and respects” her, cannot “keep his eyes focused ahead” around women in yoga pants, what must it be like for men with “less self control.” Partridge says of her decision to ban leggings from her personal wardrobe:

“My conscience is clear and I feel I am honoring God and my husband in the way I dress.”

As ridiculous as this whole thing might sound to most rational people, it really is just a product of the misogyny in our Christianity-soaked society. If you have to police what you wear in order to “honor God and husband,” there’s something seriously wrong. Is anyone telling men what they can and cannot wear, lest they dishonor their wives? No, of course not. Something like that would never be acceptable in our society. What is also troubling is that this woman, with one sentence from her husband regarding his own personal struggles with “lust,” decided to alter her wardrobe completely. That is misogyny, folks.

Even worse, this also re-enforces rape culture, but telling women that it is their fault if they wear something that makes a man look at them in a so-called “lustful” manner, that it is our responsibility as women to make sure we’re covered up in just the right way so that we don’t test the self control of men. In fact, one of the comments from the comments section on Partridge’s blog post proves just that. One man wrote that leggings are “so formfitting… you might as well be wearing nothing.” That same man went on to say:

“You wish to say that you shouldn’t have to model your wardrobe according to how others will perceive you but I honestly see that as a cop out of sorts. In all honesty that is an excuse I hear from people who know exactly what they are doing is likely to cause[,] and then instead of being responsible for their actions they place the blame onto someone else.”

Sound familiar? It’s that old, “What were you wearing?” line that rape victims have been asked since the beginning of time. This blog post is nothing more than an extension of the deep misogyny that is present in some forms of Christianity, and of the rape culture in which we still live. It is your choice, Mrs. Partridge, to buy into this nonsense, but hopefully other women don’t listen to your misogynist idiocy and follow suit.

Ladies, wear whatever the hell you want, “lustful” male gazes be damned. Veronica Partridge’s blog post just inspires me to go walk around downtown in hot pants, or, rather, I would if it weren’t 30 degrees outside.

H/T: Jezebel, NY Daily News