“Certain fashions will be introduced which will offend my Son very much. More people go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.” - Our Lady of Fatima
One of the most obvious signs of cultural degeneration in the West is the ubiquitous immodesty of women and, to our greatest shame, even innocent young girls. From the university campus to the supermarket, contemporary women have decided that the main purpose of clothing is not to conceal, but to reveal as much skin as legally possible to as many strange men as possible, making 19th century harlots look shockingly prudish by comparison. Some of the best-known "conservative" women are the worst offenders, dressing so provocatively that their grandmothers would blush. If you haven't already had the pleasure, consider attending a GOP fund-raising dinner for an eyeful of what passes for "conservative" fashion nowadays. On second thought, don't: custody of the eyes and all of that.
Things are so bad that modest, feminine clothing is almost impossible to find on the racks of clothing stores. Like many traditionalist families, we have been forced into exploring alternatives. Fortunate is the man whose wife is competent with a needle and thread ... and blessed are his daughters, who will be taught a valuable craft. In addition to making clothes, we also haunt the thrift shops and second-hand stores in which some beautiful "little old lady" clothes are reclaimed for a new generation. For others, there is a booming cottage industry of modest clothing online, although going this route can be expensive.
It seems a contradiction, at first, that at precisely the moment of history when feminism is at its peak, women in feminist-drenched societies are dressing with such brazen immodesty. Isn't feminism all about doing without men? Why should women be dressing as though they are desperate for male attention of the lowest kind? But I think if we look deeper, we will see that the correlation has internal coherence.
Ideological feminism is not chiefly about doing without men, despite the protests of some feminist leaders: rather, it is ultimately about power over men. And female sexuality is the most effective tool in the feminist toolbox when it comes to exercising this power. Secondarily, feminism is also about the sexual liberation of women, both physically and in the realm of imagination: dressing immodestly is seen as a victory over the the oppressive restrictions of yesterday's patriarchy. Although the preponderance of today's indecently clad females have inherited their situation and are not making any kind of statement - at least not consciously - they have also inherited the attitudes just described. The difference for the latest generation is that these attitudes, which form their only intellectual justification, are combined with their inability to inspire long-term loyalty and commitment from men. And so there is, I think, a real angst and alienation there, manifested in a desperation for male sexual attention alongside an implacable fear of traditional relationships and the loss of "freedom" and power such relationships mean for women. (If you understood that last sentence, you have my sympathies.)
In any case, what is to be done? I don't know what can be done on a grand scale, but certainly the first thing is for men to stop approving. Silence is consent, so drop some discreet words from time to time. Mention the magazine covers to the clerk at the supermarket. And - this seems like a no-brainer - don't keep indecent company yourself. If you have any authority in the workplace, don't hire women who dress indecently. Better yet, institute a dress code and enforce it. Avert your eyes when necessary, and make sure the women notice your discomfort. (Surprisingly, perhaps, many women will take the hint and show up the next day decently covered.) If you're a father, keep a close watch over your daughter's friends and influences. And consider homeschooling, if you can. If you have any doubt about what "modest" means, I recommend the following video: