|It's called skimpy shorts, daisy dukes, super short shorts... just to name a few.|
Nonchalantly, I was observing people inside the gym while my coach's assistant, Joey was busy fixing my hand wrap. Locking my thumb, he looped around my knuckles thrice. As the band gets shorter toward the end, he loops around my wrist before he fastens the velcro neatly.
I gasped, unintentionally.
"Masyadong mahigpit?" ("Too tight?") Joey quizzically checked his work in my hands. "Ah, hindi..." ("Ah, it's not...") showing I can clench both my fists just fine, but with my eyes engaged at something else. He turned to see what I'm looking at and muttered: "Uy, seksi."
Knowing Joey, he's not a pervert. He's usually timid around people. But at that moment, his eyes lingered a couple more seconds at the mid-aged woman in daisy dukes, zeroing in on her bottom.
Apparently, I wasn't the only one who noticed. With her bum almost half-exposed for all eyes to feast on, men and women alike did look her way. Examining her, she seems to be basking in the limelight, deliberately enjoying the attention. While she may look well-meaning, everything else about her is just perplexing.
Some muscular guys at the ironwork area were obviously raving at what they see from the farther end of the room. Some females smirked and raised brows at the vision, while some remain unmoved. I wasn't sure how my expression gave me away but I sure was stupefied. I mean, someone decided to attend boxing classes in cheeky daisy dukes. That's totally normal, right? *sarcasm*
Oh Those Skimpy Shorts and PinoysDaisy dukes, skimpy shorts, super short shorts. In case you didn't know, in my country, daisy dukes are more popular as pekpek shorts.
Pekpek is Filipino slang for vagina, and pekpek shorts because they're too short that... you get the picture. It's not the most discreet word to use but that's really what people here (such as my gay friends) call those tiny garments that leave too little to the imagination. Trust me when I say that you won't see a lot of Pinays casually strutting around the mall in broad daylight wearing those tush-exposing denims. However, once one is spotted, it's sure to cause either a clamor or a nonvocal disgust.
I turned to some men who are closest to me (my dad, my husband and three other guy friends) for insights on what they think when they see a woman in public wearing pekpek shorts.
My father told me that regardless of how attractive the woman looks like and no matter how much he doesn't want to judge people he barely know, it still makes him think of how the woman is degrading herself. My husband's words: "Slutty, not sexy." While my three guy friends used words like: "attention-whore," "hooker," and "bimbo."
One of them says that sort of vision (especially with an attractive female), unavoidably makes him think of sex. One of them adds that he may give the woman a compliment, but at the back of his mind, he thinks of nothing else but to grab her... there.
Parents tell their children (especially their daughters) to act and dress how one wants to be treated. If you want to be respected, then act and dress accordingly. This stays politically correct to date, as the nature of mankind barely changed regardless of what the liberated says about how we should be in the 21st century.
Men are visual beings then and are still visual beings now. According to Emory University Science Center: The emotion control center of the brain, the amygdala, shows significantly higher levels of activation in males viewing sexual visual stimuli than females viewing the same images... the finding demonstrates how men and women process visual sexual stimuli differently, and it may explain gender variations in reproductive behavior. And that explains why timid Joey's jaw dropped at the sight of Miss Shorty.
Note that even God of the Bible knows that men are such visual beings thus a warning to the males: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." - Matthew 5:27-28 (KJV)
and females: "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” - 1 Timothy 2:9-10. God knows what He created and wants everyone to live in harmony.
As much as these may sound too ancient for people in the modern world, we can't neglect the realities in our society. People have different views and opinions about how something is unacceptable or not; but if you're a mother with a daughter, would you agree to her walking front and center, scantily clad? If you're a girlfriend or a wife, how will it feel if a half-naked woman tries to get your man's attention? How different are we from animals if we disregard morals and sensitivity toward others? Apparently, how we carry ourselves including what we wear around other homo sapiens is our responsibility.
Sure, wearing pekpek shorts or overly-provocative outfits will get people to notice you. And although dressing up seductively doesn't mean you're a slut, one of the many consequences is for people to think twice whether you're one.
Suggested Read: "By God's Design: Woman is Weaker Vessel, Man Her Protector"