So for my first official post in my blog I thought I would discuss Christian views on bathing suits. It is that time of year where everyone wants to go lie by the pool and maybe have some cute waiter bring us a drink with an umbrella in it. All joking aside, I feel like this is a subject the Christian community is fairly divided about. On the one hand people argue that girls should wear one pieces to be more modest and not draw attention. But hey, I’m a teenage girl, and honestly wearing a one piece literally makes me feel like I’m suffocating my stomach. Face it, every girl likes wearing a bikini because we feel like guys don’t really notice us in one pieces. There really is nothing better than getting checked out by a cute boy on the beach. Talk about a shot of confidence.
The truth is, however, the Bible doesn’t really say anything about which type of swim suit girls should wear. It does, however, talk about modesty which is part of the essential makeup I feel like all truly Christian women should possess. 1 Timothy 2: 9 says ” likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self control. “
So I began to do more research on one piece bathing suits. The problem teenage girls run into today when looking for one pieces is that they are all horrible. They all seem to have the same nasty, flower print design, or have a skirt attached to the bottom, which I think might be more to help grandmas stay afloat than for actual decoration.
Then I stumbled upon Jessica Rey’s swimwear. Jessica Rey is an amazing woman who believes that one pieces are the way to go. She was so fed up trying to find an attractive one piece that she decided to create her own. I’m going to post the link to her website and I encourage you to check it out. Her bathing suits really are adorable. I also watched a YouTube video Jessica posted which discussed why she decided to make the switch to one pieces. She mentions a poll where Princeton college males had their brains scanned when they were shown a number of images. When the males were shown pictures of scantily clad women, the part of the brain associated with power tolls lit up. However, many men showed zero activity in the medial prefrontal cortex of the brain, or the part of the brain where one thinks of another’s thoughts and intentions. When this information was revealed to a college professor, he commented saying, ” They are responding to these pictures as if they were objects.” I don’t know about you but I definitely do not want a guy to view me as an “object.”
So on the one hand I feel like yes, it would be more modest to wear a one piece, but on the other hand just because you are showing more skin in a bikini doesn’t make it immodest, necessarily. The problem with bikinis today is that so many of them are literally colorful scraps of fabric that don’t really cover all the areas they should. At the end of the day we all just need a bathing suit that isn’t going to fall off when we go running into the ocean. Nothing is more distracting when you are trying to enjoy your time in the water than constantly checking to make sure you haven’t flashed your cousins or brother.
That is why when shopping for a bathing suit one needs to always, always, always try it on. Here are some things I always like to check before purchasing a bikini. First, does it cover my boobs and butt? Because if it isn’t covering everything in the fitting room you know it won’t be covering everything when you’re splashing around in the water. Secondly, are the straps going to hold up? One type of swimsuit my mother never allowed me to have was the classic string bikinis, I needed something a little more durable when swimming in the ocean. And finally, are the bottoms as big as my underwear? Because if those swimsuit bottoms aren’t covering your underwear they won’t be covering enough when you’re on the beach.
The sad reality is that today girls are shying away from swimming and going to the beach because they feel uncomfortable about how they look in bikinis. The media hardly makes it any easier with their ads for dieting before swimsuit season and only hiring skinny models to portray their swimsuit lines. Girls, we have plenty of time to hate our bodies in swimsuits, like when are all 40 and have had children, then we can hate ourlseves in swimsuits. Not when we’re 16, 17, 18, 19. This is the time where we should love our bodies because honestly it’s only going to go downhill from here. The best thing to do to beat the swimsuit blues is to pick the right type of swimsuit for your body, something that is going to make you feel fantastic. Because at the end of the day we were all fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and saying anything else is an insult to him. Remember the next time you hit the pool, don’t wear your smallest suit, you might be surprised by the attention you get for covering up.