The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man.....
Recently a young girl of 16 wrote about feminine modesty on a blog.
"My mother and I were looking through the JCPenney fall/winter catalogue we got in the mail today. It was so saddening seeing beautiful females cover up their femininity in men’s clothing! There was a beautiful lady wearing a jacket that looked like it could have come from my father’s closet along with cargo pants that looked like men’s as well. It was really sad! This women had beautiful feminine hair and a pleasant face. But when you looked at her clothing, that’s where all the gorgeous beauty ended, because her femininity wasn’t there. She looked androgynous-her hair was feminine, her clothes weren’t. This is why I’m so passionate about this subject. It was tragic to see women cover up their God-given beauty of femininity. Likewise, it would be tragic to see a man walking down the street in a floor-length gown! This is not the way God designed it. In whatever culture or country you’re in, He wants women to be feminine and men to be masculine, whatever that looks like in that particular country."
It was really sad? I could hardly say that this is a reasonable reaction to this picture. Sad? No, not so much.
I wanted to see what she was referring to so I got out my Fall/Winter JCPenney Catalogue and looked for the picture of the beautiful woman wearing men's clothing.
I don't know. That is an outfit I would wear. Actually, I wouldn't mind getting it if the jacket weren't so much money.
I sure hope her dad wouldn't wear the jacket because it is quite feminine...3/4 sleeves, notched cuffs, short cut. At least I would hope he wouldn't wear such a jacket. I really don't think any man would dare to be caught dead in it.
And, cargo pants, depending upon the occasion and setting, could be very appropriate. I personally like them and I have never been accused of being androgynous (indeterminate sex) and I hardly think it is accurate to say that about this model.
Now, look at the picture. Is this an androgynous looking person? Would she be the next "Pat" in the Saturday Night Live sketch? Does her "gorgeous beauty" end at her neck? Is she covering up her God-given femininity? Is it really anyone's business to foist upon others their own personal definition of what a female should look like?
When I look at the picture, I think that this woman likes the outdoors and that she is adventurous. She is beautiful and sporty and she is every ounce a woman even in her cargo pants and her houndstooth jacket.
Deuteronomy 22:5 says this:
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.
When looking up the Hebrew, it is not talking about clothing. In that time, men and woman both wore robes. The Hebrew seems to be using words that mean "instruments, utensils, apparatus" when it says "that which pertaineth" and the Hebrew word for "man" is not the usual word for man but it is "geber" which means "warrior". And when this verse speaks to the man, it is speaking more in terms of putting on actual clothing. It is not saying that pants belong to a man, especially since pants weren't even around when this verse was written.
Basically, it is saying that the woman should not be taking up arms and becoming a warrior in battle and a man should not be putting on the garments of women. It is not saying that there are no similarities between the garments of men and women, either. Also, there is nothing wrong with a woman using an "implement" in order to protect herself and her family. I believe the general gist of this verse was speaking against cross-dressing (for men) and women going out and picking up implements in order to be warriors. Darn! That means no more Xena, Warrior Princess for me?????
The mindset among some is that this verse is forbidding a woman from wearing pants. And as we know Scottish men have worn kilts and still wear them. This same young lady claimed that if all the men in Scotland wore kilts, then the women cannot wear skirts/dresses. She said that they would have to wear pants in order to not be "sinfully androgynous". So, according to her understanding (one has to wonder whose teaching she has been sitting under????), it is a man and the culture NOT the Bible that dictates to women what she may or may not wear. As we all know that is a totally false understanding of Scripture.