Ladies, I don’t know if you read Simcha’s blog. She is a hilarious, Hebrew Catholic, mother of eight. This week there have been some serious discussions going on over there about something that seems somehow … not all that serious.
Between two posts, there have been 500 comments! What you ask, could garner such a conversation? One word. Pants.
Particularly, women in pants. Yes, this still seems to be an issue. Lady GaGa wore a dress made of meat (M-E-A-T) this week, and somehow, there are Catholic people who would argue that, the (meat)Ball Gown is in better taste (ha ha!) than my yoga pants, just because it’s a dress? Really?
Anyway, Simcha writes a great declaration of why she wears pants, and why ultimately, whether or not a woman chooses to wear pants or skirts (or both) it’s not a moral issue. This, of course, generated over 300 comments.
The follow up post, titled, Pants Pass, is, if possible, more funny and so enjoyable. If you’d like a good chuckle, head on over and check them out!
Now, lest I ruffle any feathers: I love skirts. I love dresses. I wear them frequently. I even did a dress challenge where I wore a skirt/dress every day for a month. While I was working at the library. Skirts are great, and feminine, and lovely.
But you know what? I’m six months pregnant, and I love me some yoga pants. I’m staring down the barrel of becoming a new mom in late December, and I can tell you right now, I’ll be doing most of that new mothering in pants. There will be times when I will wear black trousers to Mass because frankly, I’m not trying to wrestle tights over a third-trimester stomach and ankle-length skirts make me look like a dwarf.
If someone feels called to only wear skirts, I think that’s wonderful, and as I wrote in discerning wearing a mantilla, I think people should do what they feel God is calling them to do. But, like Simcha, I have a real problem with people insinuating that I am (a) immodest (b) not striving to be holy or (c) incapable of imitating the Blessed Mother if I am wearing pants (which more than one commenter in the posts said).
Proof for the absurdities of above claims?
Yeah, you tell me which outfit is more modest and feminine?