I remember, when I started wearing modest clothes on a regular basis, one of the things I noticed was the number of women who glared at me when I was doing totally normal things, like sitting on the bus, or walking down the street. Don't mistake me - when I say they glared at me, I mean GLARED. If looks could kill, I would be a smear on the wall. I always wondered why, and finally settled on the opinion that it was simply because I looked different to them, and to the other women around me.
It seems as good an explanation as any, doesn't it? It could even be backed up by science, if you wanted it put another way. There is an instinct in the brain that makes us fear things that are different or unusual. It probably came in quite handy back in the day ;)
However, the other day I was reading (a fashion magazine, ironically enough) and the author of the piece (to paraphrase) mentioned that women felt compelled to be who they were not, to put a mask on and pretend that they were comfortable with who they were and so on. I doubt that she intended for her words to be interpreted this way, but the thought crossed my mind - maybe these women glare at me because I do not pretend to be comfortable in the modern fashions? Perhaps they wish they could dress in what them comfortable, instead of what society dictated they should wear.
People are always telling me that women choose to dress the way they do. I must disagree, and not just on the grounds that, as Wendy puts it, 'people wear what they can find'.
I've read several articles in magazines lately that carry the common thread I mentioned above, that of women wanting to be more than what they appear to be. Should we view this as a sign of hope for the modesty movement? Perhaps women are finally getting tired of always wearing a mask.