So why am I not against bikinis? Mostly because I don't think women are responsible for what men think. I think men are responsible for their thoughts and subsequent actions. If we teach women that their bodies are the the reason men are sinful, we're associating their bodies with a sin they can't control. Women have enough pressure from society about their bodies, we need not add more. Men were given the ability to reason and have free will just as women do and men need to be held responsible for their actions.
Here's an example: I made dinner for Steven that consisted of 5 pounds of pasta with the intention that we wouldn't eat all of it. Is it my fault if he eats every last noodle to the point of being sick? Am I the one responsible for his gluttony or is he the one who should have self control and know when to stop with this most basic of human instincts? Am I at fault for making a meal that was just too visually appealing and tasted so damn good? (Not trying to brag up my spaghetti but it is pretty good. ;-))
We would never scorn the woman cooking and say "You should have known not to make so much food. He's incapable of stopping. You lead him into this sin and you are at fault." Instead we would say that the man is the one culpable for his actions because he is the one who chooses to indulge. It is the same concept with bikinis. A man controls his thoughts and if he wanted to have lustful thought about a woman, a burqa (or burqini) wouldn't stop him.
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My honest opinion is that this a cheap ploy that men have used to take their shortcomings and make them the fault of women. They have turned our femininity against us. Our bodies are wonderfully made and we should respect them and demand the same respect from men. I'm not saying we should all run around naked (Adam and Eve ruined that for us) but our sense of modesty shouldn't come from what men will think of our body. There is far too much modesty (and immodesty) aimed to only appease men and that is a huge detriment.Instead our morals about modesty should come from genuine respect for the body.
So where do you stand? Love them? Hate them? Can't decide?