On miniskirts, track suits, and the end of civilization

A high-ranking Russian Orthodox official has pinpointed the scourge of the current era.  It’s not obscenely paid Goldman Partners; it’s not climate change; it’s not Sarah Palin or high fructose corn syrup or Baby Doc or ObamaCare.

It’s women in miniskirts.

As the New York Times reported from Russia today,

A top official for the Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday proposed creating an “all-Russian dress code,” lashing out at women who leave the house “painted like a clown” and “confuse the street with striptease.”

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has angered women’s groups recently with his comments about female modesty. At a December round table on interethnic relations, he said a woman wearing a miniskirt “can provoke not only a man from the Caucasus,” the predominately Muslim region on Russia’s southern border, “but a Russian man as well.”

Hot damn, even the white boys can be undone by these harlots.

But what I love the most about this story — enough to cause me to resurrect this blog from its recent somnambulence — is the Archpriest’s attention to the danger that men might pose, too, depending upon their attire.

After he suggested that those scantily dressed woman who were drunk as well deshabille were  just an invitation to be raped, “feminists began to protest. Chaplin responded Tuesday, the NYT reports,  with a pungent letter, saying “provocative clothing led to ‘to short-term marriages, which are immediately followed by ratlike divorces, to the destruction of children’s lives, to solitude and madness, to life-catastrophe.’

According to the NYT, Chaplin “argued that clothing was not a private business, and that he hoped that Russia would soon be a place where scantily dressed women or men in track suits would not be admitted into public venues.”

Hell, yea.  Men in track suits in public are an abomination.

I’d prefer seeing them in Prada.

Mmm. Mmm.


Footnote: I was baptized Greek Orthodox, and I’ve seen my share of weird freak out stuff about women and their bodies there.

By Noelle McAfee

I am professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review. My latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, explores what is behind the upsurge of virulent nationalism and intransigent politics across the world today. My other writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious; Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and numerous articles and book chapters. Edited volumes include Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice and a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory. I am also the author of the entry on feminist political philosophy in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and well into my next book project on democratic public life.


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