So pants are the hot topic this week in some of my internet circles. Or, more accurately for some, trousers. Seems like an odd topic for everyone to get bothered about, but there it is.
I know this is getting spun as a protest by many people, and certainly for some people it is, but it's not for many people. There is a difference because protesting (something I don't want to do in sacrament meeting) and supporting (something I want to do) even if the actions might appear similar.
If you happen to see a woman at church in pants, please don't automatically assume she's protesting anything and dismiss her attitude as inappropriate for sacrament meeting. Maybe she's cold. Maybe she's in nursery. Maybe all her skirts are dirty. Maybe she wants to see changes in our clothing expectations. Maybe she rode a bike to church. Maybe she doesn't own a dress or skirt. Maybe she likes pants. Maybe she is trying to show support for something. Maybe her pants look nicer than her skirts. Maybe she's mad. What does it matter? She's still someone who showed up for church, and that means a lot.
It's simple for me to decide whether I'm wearing pants to church on Sunday. Since I don't own any dress pants, I'm not*. I will, however, be wearing a purple shirt (amazingly, I own one) because I want to show my support for anyone at church who doesn't fit the mold, who doesn't feel comfortable, who doesn't always say or do the right things, who's cold, or who's mad. Even the mad people need someone to care.
I'll definitely be looking for the pants-wearers. Because I'm a supporter of the pants-wearers.
*I could probably find the money and the time to buy some this weekend, but it's far more likely that I'd rather find the time and money to buy something more personally fulfilling. Clothes are never that for me. If I had to bring a well-written book or a delicious international meal to an event to show my support? Count me in.