As soon as Meagan Good announced she was engaged to be married to a man of God, tongues started wagging about her style of dress. True to form, Good isn’t taking the slander sitting down. She recently spoke to JustTheFab about her controversial bachelorette burlesque dance and dressing provocatively as a woman who has a “personal relationship with God:”

I almost didn’t do it because I knew there would be backlash, but I can’t let people control my life, and if God does not convict me about something or tell me that it is wrong… Regardless of what anybody thinks, I have a personal relationship with God. We talk and we speak and I don’t feel convicted about it and so I have to do what’s in my heart and I can’t allow people to manipulate my direction. […] I’m getting sexy and all that, but there is a way to do it, there is a classy way to do everything and there is nothing wrong with being sexy or having sex appeal and I think that I am definitely going to be someone who is boldly going to go out to the masses and be someone who says, ‘ Look! Women, it’s OK to do this, that, and the other,’ because I don’t like [how] sometimes people who are religious will try and force everyone into a box and judge them.

Good also spoke on criticism Tia Mowry faced when she showed cleavage on the cover of Vibe Vixen:

It really hurt my feelings when I saw some of the comments because Tia Mowry did the cover of Vibe Vixen and she had an itty bit of cleavage [showing] and they, like, ripped her to shreds, [saying] ‘We thought she was Christian…. She is a Christian, she loves God. So because she showed some cleavage she loves him less? I mean, to me, it was like it’s not right and you know God gave us these body parts not to go and show everything to everyone, but its OK to be sexy and to be comfortable with your sexuality, and I think there’s kind of a line that gets blurred, and I’m very bold about speaking out about it.

Her comments brought to mind the backlash Michelle Williams encountered when she considered making the transition from pop music to gospel. Most naysayers focused on her revealing clothing during her time in Destiny’s Child, not the lyrical content.

It’s no secret that traditional church folk have an issue with provocative clothing. As a woman who grew up in the church, I’ve seen the snickers and eye rolls directed at members of the congregation whose dresses are too tight or too short for comfort. People make assumptions about these women from their ethics to their walk with Christ based on their clothing alone. These women were judged and isolated from the church as if they had been caught sleeping with the pastor. The prevailing attitude was it’s OK to be sexy (to an extent) behind closed doors, but women who flaunt their sexuality in public couldn’t be ‘of God.’

Speak on it, Clutchettes and Gents: Is it fair to call someone’s love of God into question for showing cleavage or performing in lingerie? Is it possible to be “sexy” and religious?

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  • OSHH

    ITA with this entire comment and glad you mentioned Chic Fil A and how they simply stated a belief based on the WORD of GOD and then were labled homophobes.

    Let me add first it is not about religion, again it is about a personal relationship with GOD and religion is most often far from that.
    Second you can be perceived as sexy dressed appropriately.
    As folk grow in Christ, so they will grow in knowledge wisdome and understanding.

    • Cee Cee

      Bible should be read remember the CONTEXT (historical and literary) that it was written. I believe that Chic-Fil-A also serves bacon on their sandwiches and the Bible quite literally says that eating anything from the pig is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord, same place it supposedly says being gay is an abomination. The WORD of God…best darn tool for discrimination. Amen.

    • They’re still a business at the end of the day. They don’t just cater to serious devoted Christians and the bible.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    i believe you should not take your gun out of the holster unless you intend to shoot somebody……..

  • I mean, she’s been branded/typecast as a tart since she transistioned into her adulthood, so I don’t expect her to magically begin wearing turtlenecks in the summer now that she’s a preacher’s wife. I do think it’s possible to be religious and sexy, and with all the humping going on in church (by clergy, even), sexy obviously isn’t tied to the amount of skin shown. I think it’s so unfair that women are always the target of this discussion, though.

  • The bible speaks of modesty. Is Megan being modest? Does her husband thinks she modest? A christian woman should be known for her inner qualities that are acceptable in the site of God, not the outer in which Megan does have in her beauty and physical attributes. I thinks she doing a good job in speaking up about it, however I hope she and her husband come to their own conclusion about what God is saying to them about her dress attire. In the meantime, you go girl!!