I wish I could double or triple like this post! I certainly understand the importance of modesty. It is disrespectful to men to flaunt it in front of them - I get that. But I very much appreciate your post which squarely places the responsibility for lust back with the luster. Most women can tell you that being looked at with lust is very degrading - it is not a welcomed behavior. The reason that it is degrading is because the man is not seeing the person, not seeing the dignity of the woman before him. I think only women who have never experienced being respected and loved by a man actually would desire to elicit this response from a man - perhaps they think this is the best they can get? So assuming that many women dress in a way to elicit lust from a man is exactly that - a false assumption. Sometimes I feel that these discussions about immodest women's clothing are just another way for a man with a lust problem to degrade a woman - your example of Muslim women in burqas being beaten brings it to its radical extreme. It is just another way for the man with a lust problem to attempt to prolong his fantasy of control. Instead of throwing stones at women, spend time in prayer and ask God to help you to see beyond the flesh to the dignity of the women before you.
Kristen I'm not sure anyone here is trying to guess at a women's motivation for dressing a certain way....I certainly make no assumptions...I can also assure you that this man in no way has a lust problem(not that I think you were directing that at me)...I don't think anyone is suggesting extreme measures