Over the past couple of months, the topic of leggings has become a hot topic.

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This whole discussion was sparked through a post entitled, “Why I Chose To No Longer Wear Leggings”. A Christian women named Veronica Partridge wrote about how she felt convicted about wearing leggings. Through prayer and wise counsel, she decided to no longer wear leggings in public, since they caused, in her words, “a stronger attraction for a man to look at a woman’s body and may cause them to think lustful thoughts”.

After reading her blog, I was really impressed by this women, since she approached this topic through prayer and wise counsel, which is a great model for all believers in Christ.

Her post went viral and soon many people were reading and examining her words. This also caused many more people to inject their own words into the discussion.

Many Christians came out and said that all Christian women should not wear leggings.

However, this is a ridiculous statement.

Leggings don’t cause men to lust. Men cause themselves to lust.

A thin material of clothing doesn’t cause me to lust. I make the conscious decision to lust.

If a guy says leggings cause him to lust, he should stop blaming women for his own actions and take ownership for his actions.

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To be honest, lust is the main sin I find battle in my life. I haven’t had sex and I don’t intend to have sex until my wedding night. However, that doesn’t mean lust isn’t an issue for me. I’m learned how to manage lust, but I still struggle with lust.

When I see a pretty girl wearing barely any clothing in public, my first reaction is that I’m all about it.

You know those Carl’s Jr. commercial’s that you feel objectify women? Well, they’re the most memorable commercials to me. And a major moment in my life was when I first saw Paris Hilton’s Carl’s Jr commercial back in the day.

So, as a guy who struggles with lust, let me be clear, leggings don’t cause men to lust. Men cause themselves to lust.

I make the active decision to lust. I’m dumb enough to not hate Carl’s Jr. commercials, but I’m also smart enough to own up to my responsibilities. The fault lies with me, not with what any girl wears.

A girl could wear a Halloween costume of Kermit the Frog, and I would still find a way to lust after her.

Lust existed before leggings and lust will exist after leggings.

Leggings aren’t the problem.

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What should girls do?

Each girl should prayerfully think over whether they should wear leggings or not and also seek wise counsel with family, friends, and even whomever you might be dating.

I would also motivate girls to consider why they’re wearing leggings. I know some girls wear clothing to get a man’s attention. They get their self-worth from the attention they get. An Instagram “like” shouldn’t determine how beautiful you feel on a particular day.

Girls, you’re beautiful, regardless of whether the guys around you can notice it.

Don’t base your self-worth on the opinions of guys.

Your self-worth comes from being a Daughter of God.

If, after prayer, wise counsel, and considering why you’re wearing leggings, you find that your conscience is clear before God about wearing leggings, then wear them. It’s really that simple.

In conclusion, leggings aren’t the problem. The problems with the guy lusting after a girl, not with the leggings he is lusting over.

Guys, own up to your sin and stop blaming girls for your mistakes. Girls should dress appropriately, but, even if they don’t, we’re still fully responsible for our actions. We can always look away.

Girls, don’t wear leggings to get a guy’s attention, but also don’t stop wearing leggings just because your pastor says to stop. Instead, prayer over it, talk with wise people about it, and consider your motivations for why you’re wearing them.

Jordan Kranda
Follower of Jesus. Husband to Ariel. Master’s of Theology (Greek Track) Graduate. Future Pastor. Present lover of cheese, Blink-182, & watching sports.

18 COMMENTS

  1. I think that there is a little typo problem over here: The problems with the guy lusting after a guy, not with the leggings he is lusting over.
    🙂 As for the article itself, I find it to be an interesting point of view. 🙂

    • To Jessica, I noticed that typo as well. Lol. Good read, great point of view. It will always fall on ownership and responsibilities of our actions, and not because someone actions. Because no one can make you do something, it comes with the question, did you respond to it? Whatever that may be…

  2. Me personally, I love leggings. But if my shirt dosent go below my rear end I’m not going to be wearing leggings. End of story. That has nothing to do with guys. That has to do with my personal convictions and my self worth.

  3. Yes I agree that man is the cause of the lust not the woman, but women are often not taking the responsibility for what they are wearing. Christian women should dress modestly to help their brothers in Christ from sinning. But they often just pin the issue on guys saying they are pervs, but a guy could just as easily reverse the argument because of a girls arch for attention. There is a lot to this issue and both men and women need to do their part in preventing it.

  4. Jase,
    Most of us women wear leggings simply because THEY ARE COMFORTABLE. So why are men allowed to take their shirts off when it could cause women to lust? I believe that Gof is okay with me wearing leggings because I am a godly woman who loves Him with all my heart.

  5. If there is .00000001 percent chance that those leggings will cause a man to lust- what is the duty of the woman there? To say “he can always look away” or “I will do whatever I can to protect the hearts of my brothers and sisters”

    1 Corinthians 10:31

    So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

    Who could ever say “I am wearing leggings for the glory of God” or does it glorify God to say “I enjoy wearing leggings, but I know they can be harmful to some, so I choose not to.”

    And let’s be honest. The intent behind wearing leggings / form fitting sexualized clothing is a lot different than dressing up as
    Kermit the frog. I would say a much closer comparison is how halloween costumes change as girls grow up. dressing up as a cat is a lot different in today’s world for a 5 year old and a 23 year old.

    Any sinful action can be manipulated and twisted to justify it and make yourself feel better about it, no one likes being told what they’re doing is wrong. But that doesn’t make it right.

    Prayerfully hope you protect your brothers’ and sisters’ hearts wherever you can- whether it’s with what you wear, say, do, how you drive, where you work, what you do for fun. Anything

    • Wow. I find that comment really offensive. I am a 17 year old girl who wears leggings almost everyday and I would hope with everything I have that my choice in pants doesn’t cause me to be viewed as an object. I have legs and a butt. Everyone does. When the cross country runners show up to school in their running legging type things, everyone just laughs a little. But when girls where leggings, boys say that our legs are “distracting”? I’m sorry. I didn’t know that I was purely a sex toy. I thought you could look at my legs and think “Oh yeah, those are the things she uses to walk”. Leggings are far more comfortable than jeans. I always feel like jeans are falling down and my underwear is showing. I have to wear a belt and I literally have gotten bruises on my hipbones from them. Also, I have weirdly small ankles so jeans always have a weird cut at the bottom and it looks really awkward if I wear my converse so I only wear jeans if I’m wearing boots. Leggings are far more comfortable, go with every outfit (can be dressed up or dressed down), and aren’t inherently “sloppy” like sweatpants are. I would really hope that Christian boys aren’t looking for every opportunity to lust, and then blaming the girl. I’m not sure why a teenage girls legs are inherently sexual…? They are legs. We all have legs. If you are sexualizing a girl’s legs, you’re the problem. Not a girl who doesn’t know where to find comfortable jeans.

  6. YES! I wholeheartedly agree with praying and seeking God on every hand. Lust was prevalent before leggings and even after the trend has faded away, lust will still remain. If it’s not leggings it’s something else. It is so easy to point the finger, but we must evaluate ourselves first and foremost. Whether you are the guy or girl with the lustful thoughts, or the girl wearing the leggings. Ladies, check your motives and guys check your thoughts.

    Great post, Jordan!

  7. Very right leggings cant and will not make a normal man to lusting feelings. Those are just evil thoughts. With or without leggings men have lusting thoughts anyway.. Thank you for your wonderful thoughts.

  8. Christian men are responsible for their own thoughts, but not all men are Christian. I work in construction, and a lady wearing pants which emphasis there butt generate a lot of lustful attention. This literally should be a no brainer.

    • A no brainer…….meaning that even non-christian guys should take responsibility for their demeaning behaviour too! They’re not excluded…

        • I couldn’t agree more with you all. This really should be a no brainer. It’s frustrating when some guys want to blame girls for their sin, However, you are right in that girls should be smart with how they dress.

  9. Amen! I get so sick of men saying girls ask for men to be pervs all over them but it’s their own responsibility to not do that. Nobody asks for that and going one step further, nobody is asking to be raped when dressed scantily. Often it is tied to their insecurities. Would love people to own up to their sin rather than victim blame…thank you for this article!

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