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Is it Bad to Dress Provocatively?

provocative dressAnswers to Tough Questions

I am continuing to answer many of your questions about the opposite sex.  It is a journey to be sure.  Today I answer a question about why girls sometimes dress provocatively and also about how guys sometimes brag about the girls they are with.  Both touchy subjects, but I hope that in the process of honestly answering your questions we will all learn what it means to relate to each other in a healthy way. I hope my answers will help you get through your life with more love and confidence.

So here was the first question from Michael:

“Why do girls dress so provocatively one minute, then complain that guys are superficial the next?”

This is a difficult question with many sides to it. One part of the answer is that some girls feel confident if they receive attention for the way they dress. It’s nice to be noticed. Often girls even dress to impress other girls, maybe even more than guys. But for many young teenage girls it’s even more important to fit in. Many young women feel it is social suicide to try to stick out in the crowd or wear something no one else is wearing. So if all the girls are dressing in short skirts and low-cut shirts, they better do it as well, they think. Sometimes the styles may be more provocative than a girl feels comfortable wearing, but due to peer pressure, she will wear it anyway.

Why do girls sometimes dress provocatively and why do guys brag about the girls they’re with? Click To Tweet

Some girls might not even realize that how they are dressing can affect guys.  Don’t get me wrong, some girls know exactly what they are doing, but some are just wearing what they think looks good. Since guys are sexually driven by what they see, it becomes easy for them to objectify women based on how they are dressed, but that doesn’t make it right.

What message are you sending?

dress provocativeSo please know ladies that what you wear often sends a message…whether you intend it to or not.  If you are flaunting your body, guys will be tempted to come after your body. However, if you advertise who you are on the inside, with such traits as kindness, gentleness, sensitivity, great personality, etc., they will be drawn to you for that.

Guys, it is important to realize most women want to be loved and respected for who they are on the inside. It’s just the lies of the culture and confusion about how best to attract men gets things all confused. As a guy, when you compliment a girl you have an opportunity to tell her she’s beautiful, without expectations on what her response should be. Women often want to be thought of as beautiful, but they don’t want to be disrespected. That’s a fine line, but I believe it’s possible for mature guys to walk that line.


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The next question is also complicated and it is from Tiana:

brag sexWhy do guys feel the need to brag about the girl they are with, and their sexual relationship with her? 

Unfortunately, some guys do like to talk to other guys about their sexual conquests. I think this often comes out of a deep insecurity and a desire to impress other guys. It’s a competition thing. If one guy has more success with women than others, his ranking in the group goes higher. That is why there is not only bragging, but exaggerating, and even downright lies about their experiences with women. When this happens it shows a guy’s immaturity and lack of respect for the opposite sex. These particular guys are working hard to develop a reputation as a macho guy. Watch out for these guys because they are more concerned about themselves than the girl they are with. Don’t lose heart, there are good guys out there who don’t behave in this way.

Real manliness is when a guy fights to protect a women’s reputation and feelings. #dating Click To Tweet

This kind of bragging is certainly not done to impress other women, as women are usually completely turned off by the idea of a guy talking about what he did with other women. Women respect a man more who can keep silent about what happens in private. Real manliness is when a guy fights to protect a women’s reputation and feelings. Little boys like to exaggerate. Real men who are confident and secure don’t have to brag to feel good about themselves.

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Dawson McAllister Dawson McAllister (born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania) is an American speaker, radio host, and author. He is the founder of Dawson McAllister Association and TheHopeLine and host of the national radio program Dawson McAllister Live, which is aired on Sunday nights. Dawson has been speaking to and in support of teenagers and young adults for over 40 years.
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  • Megan

    to get a guys attention

  • John Boston

    Sprayed-on leggings and compression pants,, short sweaters and jackets that do not quite cover the…then, when the season changes, short-shorts, skirts like wide belts, low necklines, “strappy” tops, low-riding jeans, especially with those adorable tears in the legs, cheerleader uniforms, and need I mention revealing yoga wear?

    I have read and personally heard every single argument against men ogling women- the “perv” argument (how is obeying nature “perverted”?)- the “objectifying” argument (I *never* consider women as objects; more often, I have been inclined to treat them as goddesses, to my grief)- the “addiction” argument (I am not addicted to anything, *clinically*, and that is the only definition i accept)- the “hurting your partner’s feelings” argument (I have made a covenant with my one good eye, and with my wife, not to ogle anyone in her presence)- and lastly the “angry boyfriend/ dad/ mom” argument (the law is on *my* side, and if anyone tries anything physical, I will give them a Mace face and/or a shellacking; and again the law will back me. My self-defense trumps their self-righteousness).

    Having considered all the erroneous, morally-pretentious arguments against ogling women, and I definitely include young women (yes, even those teenage cheerleaders in Jacksonville, whose middleage female chaperone gave me a self-righteus stare), I keep coming back to the same statement. I will keep this statement with me unless and until I discover some new and contradictory evidence (something along the lines of natural selection of favored races *not* being the origin of species). *I shall ogle women all I want,with my two decades of life and my one eye; Just as long as women keep dressing for the eye, they will, by the Web of Life, get mine!*

  • bbromery

    Debbie, but wouldn’t you rather a man be attracted to your mind…Your goods should be for his eyes only and not for everyones eyes, but, in private especially if you don’t want a man to lust for your body..You don’t have to dress like a nun, but not a food dish either…If that’s the case, that would be the only thing he would attracted too