Is It A Sin For Men To Wear Women's Lingerie?
Does The Devil Wear Panties?
The subject of men wearing lingerie can be a fun one, and it is often when men embrace this side of themselves and decide to quit worrying about what the rest of the world thinks about what they are wearing, that they have the most fun with their lingerie obsession. Many of these articles are written for those men who have embraced the lacy side of themselves and are enjoying it to the fullest. But I am well aware that for every man who gleefully wears women's lingerie there are undoubtedly many more who languish in guilt over their desire to don a pair of panties, a bra, or other items of women's lingerie.
Social morays are powerful forces indeed, and sometimes just the thought of what people might think or say alone will prevent a man from slipping into some lacy lingerie even in the privacy of his own home, behind a locked door, hiding in the corner of the room behind the closet. For religious men, the fear may be even more deep seated, they may fear that not only is wearing women's lingerie socially unacceptable, but it is also an offense that will see them spending eternity in a fiery pit.
This article will focus on the Christian attitudes to women's lingerie for several reason, two of them are the fact that Christianity is one of the major world religions, and that there is a particularly troubleseome passage in the Bible, Deuteronomy 22:5, which is often used to frighten and condemn men who wish to wear women's attire.
The passage goes thus:
"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."
Looks pretty cut and dried, huh? Perhaps that is all the evidence some people might need to state that men should never ever, under any circumstances, wear any item of women's lingerie. Of course, with a glibness that defies belief, the very same people who make these claims will often have no issue with women wearing jeans or slacks, which for a very long time were considered to be men's clothing, but lets put that double standard aside for a moment, and focus on the scripture.
In order to truly assess this passage, I think it is important to examine it in a wider context, say, against the background of the rest of the book of Deuteronomy. Let's examine a few other passages from Deuteronomy which tell believers how to live their lives.
Here's an excerpt from Deuteronomy that teaches believers about accepting other religions, and fostering religious tolerance in their families.
'If your brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife tries to secretly entice you, telling you to go and worship other gods, gods of people living near you, or far from you, or anywhere on earth, do not listen to him.You must kill them. Show them no pity. And your hand must strike the first blow.'
Deuteronomy also cheerfully instructs parents to bring disobedient children before town elders to be stoned to death in a charming passage which goes thus:
Deuteronomy 21:18 - 21
'If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not listen to the voice of his father or his mother even when they punish him, his father and mother must take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard." All the men of the town must then stone him to death. You must banish this evil from among you."
Is it a sin to wear women's lingerie? It depends on your personal interpretation of the scripture which underpins your faith. Of course not I, nor any other person can tell you what to believe, and you should feel free to be hung up on the single passage in the entire bible that makes any reference to men wearing women's clothes. Of course, if one is to take that passage and live one's life by it, one should also be prepared to stone their entire family to death should they attempt to follow a different religion, or one's sons if they are constantly disobedient.