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Should women be forbidden to wear pants ?

Jun 6, 2008
Coming from a fundamental Baptist Background we were always taught that women should not wear pants. According to our pastors the reason for such is that the Bible says in Deuteronomy 5: 22 that "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God"

I have not intention of turning this into a theological debate, but I might very well do so sometime. This position taken by our church leaders just makes me wonder if Deutoronomy 22:5 applies for pants exclusively for women. Dogmatic preachers would say yes, but is this position Biblically correct ?

What pertains to man or woman is confined to the culture and traditions of a certain society and age. We cannot establish a set of rules and judge which belongs to who. Doing so would be dabbling would legalism which is contrary to what the essence of Christianity really is.

For example, Scottish men wear "kilts" during special occasions. The Scottish kilts looks like a woman's skirt.

Sometime ago men wore corsets for aesthetic purposes. Although this practice has long been abandoned, today some men still do wear corsets for medical reasons.

Tunics were worn by the Greeks and Romans. This practice even went as far as the medieval ages. A tunic looks like a woman's blouse.

Many men still wear the traditional "Sarong" in today's modern day and age. This practice is found in some parts of Asia, parts of Africa, and on many Pacific islands. A "Sarong" is a large sheet of fabric, often wrapped around the waist. It definitely looks like a women's skirt.

In Bible lands, even until today some people still wear the same robes and sash that was the traditional clothing that was worn in ancient times.

If we were to judge men wearing the kilt, sarong, tunic and robes with our own Western Culture and tradition, it could be said that these people are in violation of Deuteronomy 22:5 because according to our culture, these kinds of clothing are associated with what our women wear.

We cannot deny that in our own culture, there are pants that are made exclusively for women. Before we use Deutornomy 22:5 to judge women who wears pants, we need to know what the verse truly means by considering the contextual and cultural background of the text. There are certainly a lot of issues that could be further discussed to support the argument theologically. I wish to write about this more in the future.
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