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Men Want Christian Women, not Girls Gone Wild

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By Heather Koerner | Focus on the Family Blog

According to a recent study, college women may drink to
excess to impress men, but the men aren't impressed.

The participants, aged 18-25, filled out online surveys during the 2007 fall
semester. The women answered questions relating to how many drinks they thought
a typical college guy would like his female friends to drink as well as the
maximum number of drinks he would prefer. The men then answered questions
related to their preferences.

The results? The majority of women (71 percent) overestimated the men's
actual preferences by an average of 1 1/2 drinks.

"There is a great, and risky, disconnect here between the sexes," lead author
Joseph LaBrie said in a statement. "While not all women may be drinking simply
to get a guy's attention, this may help explain why more women are drinking at
dangerous levels."

Reading this article made me, quite frankly, just sad. The author is right --
probably not all of these young women are drinking simply to get a guy's
attention. Maybe some of them, for some reason, enjoy knocking back five or more
drinks. But my guess is that it's not very many.

I'm sure that not all women who dress provocatively do it for a guy's
attention. But I really wonder if their idea of "these clothes make me feel
pretty" isn't based at least somewhat on the power to turn a man's head.

And there may be those Sex in the City "Samantha" types who just
want to have unattached, unencumbered sex. But I've comforted one too many
college roommates who gave themselves to a man only to be dumped once again, to
really believe that to be the norm.

For me, this study was just a reminder. A reminder that I am the Lord's but I
am also living in a world saturated with "Girls Gone Wild" messages of how to
attract a man. I need to intentionally face those messages and filter them
through the Word of God. The world may tell me to sex it up. But my God tells me
that He cherishes modesty. The world may encourage me
to table dance for the party, but my God tells me that He cherishes a gentle and quiet spirit. The world
may tell me that drunkenness is attractive. My God tells me that it's not.

One of the desires of my heart is for a man who loves the Lord to also love
me. I need to understand that following the world's advice will not make that
happen. And, in the end, I really don't want the world's advice. I don't want to
be an object who loses her worth at the first sign of a root or a wrinkle. My
God tells me that I am a fellow heir who is to be loved and respected. Girls,
I'll take that every day of the week.

Read the Opposing Views debate, Should the Drinking Age be Lowered from 21?

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