Guard Your Eyes and your Body

Around 7:00 am on February 16, 2012 as I was preparing for work, I turned on the Fox News Network. Martha MacCallum was interviewing Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan. After an exchange of political issues concerning the nation, the interview was directed towards his niece, Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated 2012 swimsuit issue cover girl.

Suddenly, plastered across my 50” Vizio High Definition screen, was the photo of the extremely attractive young blonde lady. My eyes were immediately drawn to the bottom portion of her barely visible bikini. This semi-naked woman will undoubtedly inflict sexual thoughts in the minds of men. That is why the swimsuit additions sell so much. As with most men, I am not immune to pleasures of seeing the feminine form. Nevertheless, I also realize that some sights are not meant to be shared with everyone.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matt 5:27-28 (NIV)

Jesus commands us to guard our eyes, but society invites us to lust with them. Why else would all forms of visual media celebrate a virtually nude woman? There was no mention of her academic accomplishments, medical discoveries, or contributions to society in any way. The only thing Ms. Upton contributed to the public was the viewing of her body.

Men have been known to pay vast amounts of money to see women in various stages of undress; however, for a sitting congressman to appear gleeful at the voyeurization of his niece is confusing! Congressman Upton stated, “It’s been fun to watch her grow up. She’s only 19, but we’re all proud of Kate.”

I ask, proud of what? That she has reached the age of 19 and exposes her body to the world! We condemn Islamic countries for having women dress in burkas with only a slit open for their eyes. Then we celebrate a young woman clothed in little more than slits to cover her intimate parts.

During the congressman’s interview, we were also granted a small segment of Kate’s interview. She girlishly offered, “I have a very close and supportive family and they’re all very proud of me.”

I can’t help but wonder what kind of family takes pleasure in the exploitation of their daughter? How can the uncle, father or any other male member of the family celebrate her nakedness? How does one turn off the normal visual dynamics generated from the sight of the female body without violating that body visually?

This uncle should be ashamed, but like many of us, he maybe a victim to our lack of shame and modesty.

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