So I spend time on Catholic Answers Forums. While there are a few sub-forums that I don’t visit on purpose or that I am not interested in, the Traditional Catholicism sub-forum is one I read to help understand people who make claims that sound “more Catholic than the Pope” especially about things like dress, Mass preference, etc. There are times when I wish I didn’t because the sheer gall and hatred and need to dictate other peoples’ lives angers me. How does someone on the Internet have the right to tell me how to live my life?
This thread really ticks me off because it lays the decline of American society solely at the feet of women and how they dress. Tell me, when did men get a free pass from sin? Because, honestly, I see this attitude and these types of posts a lot on CAF, especially in this sub-forum. Men can’t and don’t have to control themselves because WOMEN are the ones making them sin. It’s those bad, mean, immodest women who causing men to sin and end up in hell. BS! Men make a choice to sin. They are just as responsible for the decline of American society as women are because some of them dress pretty immodestly too (though that is not the only reason American society is Culture of Death). So it completely unfair and untrue that if women dressed in dresses and skirts then men wouldn’t sin and society would be pure and wonderful. Get out of Fantasy Land! It has never and will never exist. A world where everyone is virtuous and there is no sin only happened once and look what happened there.
I hate it when people, especially women, dictate what others should wear. As long as it’s modest, it’s okay to wear jeans and t-shirt, or a skirt, or capris. Each women will have their own individual style. They shouldn’t be made to be fashion clones just so a small but horribly vocal group can pat themselves on the back for being the most modest and not causing men to sin and making everyone follow their narrow version of their interpretation of Catholicism while looking down on everyone else for not being as holy and perfect as they are. You never hear a dress code dictated for men (they also have their own individual style that as long as it is modest is fine). The Church only calls for modesty, not a strict list of what is and is not allowed.
I’ve also added a New Link to The Catholic Fanatic, a blog about someone who is recovering from the extreme Traditionalists and Dress Code Dictators.