Fashion Sense with Common Sense

William Fullmer DVM By William Fullmer DVM, 1st Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I recently saw media clip on a young woman from Arizona named Charity who started her own collection of prom dresses. She felt compelled to make the collection because she could find no modest prom dresses that fit into her standards.

In a society with rising teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases it surprises me that we are still trying to sexualize our children.

I recently saw media clip on a young woman from Arizona named Charity who started her own collection of prom dresses. She felt compelled to make the collection because she could find no modest prom dresses that fit into her standards. After gathering the prom dresses, with the help of some adult church members and her mother, she “rents” the dresses out for a $30 fully refundable deposit. It is the responsibility of the young lady “renting” the dress to bring it back dry cleaned and in good condition, if she does the $30 deposit is refunded. I applaud her and her efforts. It caused me reflect on how difficult it was to find fashionable clothing that was modest for our oldest daughter. Looking for a prom dress was a nightmare. No matter the store, modest dresses where in short supply. In fact my wife overheard one mother talking to another about her daughters dress, which was so tight it showed a panty line. She had determined the daughter would just have to go “commando” or in other words, not wear any undergarments. My wife was shocked. Most of the dresses they did find had to be modified in some way to fit into my daughter’s modest dress standards.

In a society with rising teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases it surprises me that we are still trying to sexualize our children. We start at a very young age, if you don’t believe me go into a toy store and look at buying your daughter, granddaughter, or niece a Bratz® doll. With their very short skirts and midriff shirts it is no wonder that our daughters feel they must dress in revealing and immodest clothes. Don’t even get me started on television and movies. With programs like Gossip Girl which Wikipedia describes as “an American teen drama series”1. Let me ask you this question, do you want your teen dressing and acting like that? Dressing and acting in such a provocative way is made to look glamorous. Society also communicates that if they don’t somehow they are prudish, backward and unacceptable.

Looking at this from my son’s perspective, he appreciated his dates dressing modestly, as do I believe more boys than you might think. It was much more comfortable for him not to have to avert his eyes so he wasn’t looking down his date’s dress. Charity also said that dressing modestly made her more comfortable so she had more fun.

One evening when my wife and I were out for dinner we sat across from some young men and women who looked like they were eating before prom. We were shocked at how the ladies were dressed,in very tight, very short dresses. They kept fidgeting around and getting up and down, going into the bathroom. My wife commented that they couldn’t have been comfortable and were probably going back and forth to adjust their dresses. We also wondered how their parents could have let them out of the door dressed like that.

I hope that someday wiser heads will prevail in the fashion industry and produce clothes that will at least give girls who would like to dress modestly options. In the meantime we should support Charity and anyone like her who is taking matters into their own hands.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gossip_Girl

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Dr. Fullmer graduated from Washington State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He also graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Sciences and f

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