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.’