Should a Christian woman wear a bikini?
It appears that this entire article may be a quote from the book, Discovering the Treasures of a Godly Woman: Proverbs 31 by Elizabeth George. It really scares me that a woman can write something that is so misogynistic.
Another issue to consider is that God calls all people to control their thought lives, so as women, we should not cause men to lust: "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-29). When we cause men to look upon our bodies lustfully, we are inducing them to commit the sin of lust and this is displeasing to God.Mrs. George apearantly blames women for the stray thoughts of passing men. It's this kind of mentality that causes people to blame rape victims for being raped. It's also this kind of mentality that'd get laws passed to force a rape vitim to carry the baby of her attacker. It's the same kind of misogyny that was seen in Afghanistan under the rule of the taliban. I am of the opinion that nobody should ever be blamed for the thoughts of other people. We should all be responsible for our own thoughts and actions, not the thoughts and actions of other people.
I could be wrong, but it seems to me that ultra-modesty can actually cause lustful thoughts in men. When women cover up everything (such as wearing a burqa or the floor length long sleeved dresses of Mennonite women), any exposed skin could be sexy to a man who's not used to seeing any part of a woman. Women have been stoned to death in some countries for exposing a bare foot. In the USA, few men worry too much about bare feet, because they're use to seeing bare feet. Stone age native men in the amazon don't worry too much about seeing bare breasts, because it's a normal thing for women in that society to go around bare breasted. Modesty is subjective. Modesty is something different for each society. The European women who are raped by muslim men because they weren't wearing a veil, can't be blamed for the thoughts of someone who belongs to a different worldview. It's the muslim man's and his religion's fault for making something innocent into something lustful.
Also, I don't see anything wrong with having a lustful thought or two. The thoughts are not what hurts people. As long as I don't act upon the thought, I don't see anything wrong with it. If for some reason the thoughts were so strong that I couldn't resist, then I would probably need psychiatric help. Even so, I would never blame some woman for my thoughts and feelings. No matter how provocativally she dresses. There's no justification to blame someone else for feelings that are entirely my own.