Why Forbidding Little Girls from Wearing Victoria’s Secret Is Deeply Christocentric

Dads, you should be aware of what your little girl is wearing at all times.  It’s not something you necessarily understand perfectly, but this matter requires your fatherly care and leadership just as much as what church to go to or what devotional book to read together.  The issue covered below is only going to heat up in coming days, so I encourage you to read on.

Over at Christianity Today, I’ve written a piece entitled “Tiger Dads vs. Sexualized Daughters” on gospel-driven modesty inspired by LZ Granderson’s recent CNN column decrying tiny girls dressing sexy.  The CNN piece got 440,000 “likes” on Facebook, so I thought it worth considering in light of a redemptive cultural hermeneutic.

Here’s a snatch:

Should you get Botox for your ten-year-old daughter? What would you think of breast augmentation for your eleven-year-old girl? These and similarly startling issues cropped up in a recent CNN column by LZ Granderson. Writing in an outraged style, Granderson tackled how parents allow the culture to sexualize their daughters. The piece, entitled rather prosaically “Parents, don’t dress your daughters like tramps,” began with a word of personal experience (from Granderson):

“I saw someone at the airport the other day who really caught my eye.

Her beautiful, long blond hair was braided back a la Bo Derek in the movie “10″ (or for the younger set, Christina Aguilera during her “Xtina” phase). Her lips were pink and shiny from the gloss, and her earrings dangled playfully from her lobes.”

Go here to read my response to this important essay.  I try to show how care for our little girls is a more prominent–and precarious–scriptural topic than one might initially think, and how our care images either the father God or the prince of darkness.

(Cross-posted from the blog of Vitamin Z, where it originally appeared)

  • http://renewingthoughts.wordpress.com Charlie

    Good thoughts Prof. Strachan. I think that it is great to see the Father’s role (and it affects the single guys as well) as one that clothes women with dignity as seen in Eze. 16.

    But one thing that probably needs to be developed more are the heart issues that need to be taught to the children. The reason most women dress immodestly is selfish control (in one form or another) and if our children are not being warned about what dwells in their hearts then the outward rules will not hold for long.

  • owenstrachan

    That’s a good point, we do need to get at the heart in all of this. It’s not one or the other–it’s both. We shouldn’t be afraid of directional rules and guidelines. Absolutely not. Many parents are. But we should drive to the heart of the matter in addressing this problem.


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