In 2020, popular singer Harry Styles donned a dress for the cover of Vogue magazine and quickly became a hot topic. Conservative author and commentator Candace Owens rightly called it out as an attack on real men, “There is no society that can survive without strong men.... (T)he steady feminization of our men at the same time that Marxism is being taught to our children is not a coincidence.”1 Unsurprisingly, Owens was promptly targeted and condemned by the mob and the mass media for stating the truth.
The secular media kept repeating, “men wore dresses in the past so this is normal behavior and not emasculation.” Some even dared to call it “masculine” for a man to wear a dress, as Styles did. Confused Marxists straight out of college like to claim that big bad "ye olde Christian Patriarchy" has merely trained everyone to think that there is something seriously wrong with a homo wearing women's clothing. They may smugly assert that it's no different than a Scotsman wearing a kilt, and everything we've ever known to be good or bad in society is simply evidence of "hateful, tyrannical Patriarchy." In their eyes, we have all essentially been brainwashed into thinking one thing is immoral and another is not, when in their mind, everything bad is good and vice versa. All of this, of course, is nonsense. Sane people recognize the colossal difference between kilts and cross-dressing.
But is it not merely historical fashion when these homosexuals are wearing women's clothing?? Well aside from the obvious fact that they are all homosexuals who are engaging in this embarrassing behavior, we can recognize that it's being pushed by secular society as a virtuous thing. And, if we haven't noticed already, secular society is the last place to look for moral guidance, especially on the issue of masculinity.
This society embraces men who believe that they are women, and women who believe they are men. It claims that there are 112+ genders, and children should be raised gender-neutral. And, perhaps the most egregious of all, this society literally worships abortion.
First, it does not even understand what authentic masculinity is. It promotes godless practices in the name of “freedom” and tries to punish men who dare to live as strong, Christian men, calling them “homophobic, bigots, sexists, rapists, haters” etc.
Secondly, secular society is extraordinarily immoral; pedophiles are now being called just another “sexual preference.”2 Peak “femininity” is a pro-baby-murder, genderqueer, witchy feminist. This society embraces men who believe that they are women, and women who believe they are men. It claims that there are 112+ genders, and children should be raised gender-neutral. It celebrates convicted pedophiles in dresses and an obscene amount of makeup reading perverse filth to children in libraries.3 And, perhaps the most egregious of all, this society literally worships abortion.
Thirdly, secular society wants men without chests. It wants men without the wits, muscles, spiritual or physical strength to provide and protect their wives and children. Men without guns, without a solid and steady faith life and moral backbone, without leadership and a steady job. A man wearing a dress is considered great because it signifies the freedom of “men” to become more and more emasculated, more in touch with the homosexual spirit, more open to letting the moral fabric of society fall into decay and insanity. Strong moral men keep society healthy, and a healthy society is less likely to follow whatever debauchery Satan and his elite are pushing.
This whole idea that men in dresses (men cross-dressing rather) is beautiful, masculine and "in tune with history" is coming from a society that is so corrupt and twisted that it holds murdering an innocent human baby as the highest form of currency, power, freedom, and religion. A society where women dressing and acting like “men” is the norm and has been for decades. A society where sexually-perverse men and women (and children!) parade their depravity everywhere they go, with no backlash from the majority of the members of the One Holy Catholic Church! A society where one can do and say anything as long as it is immoral, and blasphemes God and the natural order.
Can we really say, along with these creeps that it's normal for men to dress like women and women to dress like men? Considering how morally bankrupt the promoters of these practices are, I think its safe to assume, along with the One True Catholic Church, that it is not normal for either sexes to dress and act like the other. St. Ambrose writes, "If you consider it truly, there is an incongruity that nature itself abhors. For why, man, do you not want to appear to be what you were born as? Why do you put on a strange guise? Why do you ape a woman? Or why do you, woman, ape a man? Nature arrays each sex with its own garments. Men and women have different customs, different complexions, gestures and gaits, different sorts of strength, different voices."4
A “man in a dress” isn’t just about a man wearing a feminine-styled dress; it isn’t a hat tip to men in history wearing robes and tunics, it isn’t a show of masculinity, nor is it even a salute to men of different cultures like the Scots. It is a blatant result of toxic feminism, homosexual, anti-family, anti-life, anti-gender role, anti-God ideology and practice.
What about Chesterton's quote? “But when men wish to be safely impressive, as judges, priests or kings, they do wear skirts, the long, trailing robes of female dignity. The whole world is under petticoat government; for even men wear petticoats when they wish to govern.”5 This is hardly an endorsement of the depraved cross-dressing going on today. The Catholic Church is not against “men in robes.” Cassocks, Judges robes, old royalty, ect. Cultures that include men wearing kilts, Gho, sarongs, are not condemned by the Church either. But these are traditional clothing and were never worn to showcase the freedom to be “out and proud homosexuals." They were never worn to promote severely immoral and broken ideologies and lifestyles that have been made the norm in our society. The perverse secularists have taken the “the long, trailing robes of female dignity” and have done what they always do to everything: made it all about breaking with Christian tradition and promoting disordered sex. As Tolkien wrote, “The Shadow (…) can only mock, it cannot make.”6
To conclude, a “man in a dress” isn’t just about a man wearing a feminine-styled dress; it isn’t a hat tip to men in history wearing robes and tunics, it isn’t a show of masculinity, nor is it even a salute to men of different cultures like the Scots. It is a blatant result of toxic feminism, homosexual, anti-family, anti-life, anti-gender role, anti-God ideology and practice. A grossly homosexual deviant wearing a dress is not masculine. A traditional, spiritually strong man in a cassock giving his life to Christ and serving others is indeed masculine. There is a difference, and I can assure you, the Left knows it.
Catholics must try to survive this evil by living out the teachings of the One True Church. Men, live and dress like men, and women live and dress like women. As Pope St. Pius X said, “Let the storm rage and the sky darken - not for that shall we be dismayed. If we trust as we should in Mary, we shall recognize in her, the Virgin Most Powerful 'who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent'”7
I leave you with these stirring words of Pope Pius XII, “The condition of things today is what it is; you are not able to change it; however regrettable it may be, one is uselessly lost in mere lamentations. As it has its dangers, one must take thought for defenses against them and for victory over them. You have to make your way along the streets of the city; you have to make your own defense of the bulwark and the arms of your own virtue; and you will be able to serve this purpose even by your consistent determination, your sincere speech, your deportment. On the street, in public places of gathering, in stores, factories, offices, universities or libraries, one word, and if you find it necessary, a sharp word, will silence any impertinence. Oh yes! Your eyes will see moral ugliness unwillingly, or will see it; they will not be dazzled or injured; yet they must be taught to repress and mortify curiosity, which is the subtle accomplice of the seductions of the world. Temptation that entices or mocks will seem like a storm wind whistling in your ears; your need then is to pass by without listening or attending, without a word or a look. But though you are surrounded by wind and dust and mud, do not become sad or discouraged.”8
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1Candance Owens, Twitter, Nov 14 2020
2Mirjam Heine, TedX talk, May 5 https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/tedx-talk-pedophilia/ see also so-called "minor-attracted-persons"
3“Drag Queen Storytime: Convicted pedophile, dressed as a woman, reads to kids at public library” LifeSiteNews, published March 19 2019
4St. Ambrose Commentary on Deuteronomy 22:5, https://catenabible.com/com/5838dae5205c248f42e52a6c
5G.K. Chesterton, “What’s Wrong with the World”, 1910
6 The Return of the King, VI,1
7Pope St. Pius X, “Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, On the Immaculate Conception” Encyclical, February 2 1904. http://www.vatican.va/content/pius-x/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-x_enc_02021904_ad-diem-illum-laetissimum.html
8To 4,000 Children of Mary for the 75th anniversary of their pious association, October 25 1942. Cited in “The Problem of Teen-Age Purity: The Teachings of Pope Pius XII” Nazareno Camilleri, Ph. D., D. D., S. D. B., Translated by Marian Barrows, printed by the Ave Maria Institute, April 11, 1961.