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A double standard before God
Author: TriSec    Date: 09/03/2016 12:48:14

Good Morning.

I saw the briefest of memes on Facebook the other day, and it literally stopped me in my tracks. It was somewhat out of context, but it got me thinking, and I thought I'd try to expand upon it a little bit today.

When was the last time you saw a nun? I mean a traditional, old-school, scary nun?

Even if you're not Catholic, you could probably identify her at a distance, and merely by her look, dress, and attitude you probably even know how to behave around such a pious person.

But think about this - a nun dresses like that for a multitude of reasons.

One of the primary reasons for the religious Habit is respect. I searched around the internets for a while this morning, and have run across a bit of a laundry list, so I'll pick and choose to illustrate my point.

Habits convey a message of purity and godliness to many observers. Different traditions of religious iconography use mantles and other head-covers to symbolize purity and even saintliness.

Many people believe that a habit engenders respect and honor for women, thus preventing men from flirting, etc.

Habits actually accentuate many women’s beauty by drawing attention to the face and away from the hair and the body. In many cultures, the face is more important as a place of beauty than is the body, and a habit facilitates this focus toward the face, facial expression, conversation, etc., and away from secondary sex characteristics. This may be part of a woman’s attempt to deemphasize sexuality in her persona.

They identify a woman as an observant Catholic to non-Catholics. This facilitates awareness of her lifestyle right off the bat, without necessitating lengthy explanations.

They identify a woman as Catholic to other Catholics, allowing for instant community and exchange of greetings. This may come across as a superficial benefit, but in a diasporic community, this instant community is psychologically invaluable.

In certain cultures, covering one’s head is respectful to other people, especially to status superiors such as older people.

So the next time you see a nun, offer up a cheerful "Good Day, Sister" and think about all of these things I just enumerated.

Then pause for a second and think that I just ripped off every single one of those bullet points. They're actually bullet points offered up by a Muslim writer on Why Women wear Headscarves. Of course, I changed a word or two here and there to suit my purposes.

As Americans, we really need to take a step back and ask ourselves why this is OK:


But this is not:


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