One of the things about watching a lot of free movies on Amazon Prime and Youtube is you tend to see a lot of pictures from the 1930’s to the 1950’s that are in the public domain. When you do this there is one thing that you notice if you are a guy.
Just because a woman isn’t showing a lot of skin doesn’t mean they aren’t sexy. This might be a revelation to many people under the age of 30 but it was a given in the days before the very 1st Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
In the days when said issue was introduced it was a big deal. For most of it’s run the men who read the issue did not grow up with access to hardcore porn from the age of 10 as is the case today. The issue doesn’t generate the zing or the outrage that it once did, but the inclusion of Halima Aden in her “Burkini” sure has people talking. Folks of the left who would normally suggest any sign of modesty as “puritanical” rushed to celebrate it because she is Muslim and the left has decided their electoral future is Islam while many on the right see it as a symbol of “Creeping Sharia” in the sense that Islam forces women into modesty for fear of their lives.
So lets cut to the chase with a pair of basic facts:
First, the oppression of women, the murder of women in honor killings and their treatment as property and/or 2nd class citizens in Arab culture in general and Sharia law in particular is real. It’s disgraceful and horrible and people enjoying the freedoms of Western Civilization in General and Christianity in particular, need to push back against this injustice.
The only reason why so many elites don’t is because they see Islam as in conflict with both Western Civilization in general and Christianity in particular which they hate. This despite the fact that universal principles that women and men are not only equal in the eyes of God but of equal value to men in society, are anathema to Arab Culture and Islam but had their origins in Christianity and were advanced by Western Civilization.
It is also regrettably a truth that over the last 50 years the sexual revolution combined with the west’s abandonment of Christianity in general and the abandonment of the virtue of modesty and chastity has done more to objectify women in the guise of freeing them than anything since the invention of the Harem.
A woman doesn’t have to be almost naked or thin as a rail or a porn star with shaved public hair to be desirable to men and the idea that this is the case combined with the natural competition of women with each other in terms of appearance (and let’s not pretend that men more more judgmental about a woman’s looks than other women are) has convinced a lot of women that they have to show all and/or put out to be considered pretty.
The Halima SI spread shows this to be a lie.
There are a lot of people online who I respect that are critiquing Sports Illustrated for running Halima Aden’s spread because they rightly object to creeping Sharia, radical Islam and the repression of women. You’ll not however that not one of those critiques, at least not one that I have read have suggested for one moment that Halima Aden is not beautiful enough or desirable enough to be a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.
It’s a good thing too because one look makes such an argument untenable.
The young lady in the sports illustrated spread in the so called “Burkini” is hot and lovely and the idea that you can be hot or lovely and feminine without showing a lot of skin is a truth. The fact that some cultures and individuals want to use that truth to oppress others doesn’t make it any less true and frankly it’s a very important message to get out there in today’s culture.
I think a lot of women, particularly young women like the message that they don’t have to show a ton of skin to be feminine. I think those same women are oppressed by the pressure that modern culture puts on them to dress more revealing then they want and the corresponding pressure to put out sexually before they are ready or willing. That’s why I suspect Miss Aden is getting positive feedback from young women. Those societal pressures are wrong and harmful to woman and should be called out.
Modesty is a Christian virtue, the left in the west has been at war with it due to their rejection of Christianity but it’s no less a virtue if it’s advanced by a follower of Islam. Frankly if this gives young ladies the courage to embrace this virtue in our secular culture that’s a feature not a bug and if it causes the same left that hates said virtue to push because it’s advanced by a Muslim it’s a delicious irony.
That’s not embracing creeping Sharia, it’s fighting the culture war with the weapons at hand. Just as you are not endorsing murder if you condemn robbery you can critique of the sexualization of everything and the culture pressures that objectifying women and still note that those who would slaughter women who wish to show a little skin or wish to date and marry who they wish are evil and must be fought by every means possible.
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