I'd like to suggest an exception to this comment that "no pair of pants
is going to hide" that split. There is a certain kind of garment (I do
not know what it is called) which looks like a skirt in normal use, but
is in fact a pair of shorts with extremely wide pants legs.
This garment, it seems to me, is even more tzniusdik (modest) than a
conventional skirt. It has the best of each world: It cannot possibly be
considered a man's garment. It looks like a skirt (until examined
closely). It has pants' ability to totally cover the skin. Because it is
so loose, it does not "show that split", but gives the appearance of a
loose skirt draped over the whole area.
And very importantly, in my opinion, it does *not* have have a certain
very serious problem found in almost all skirts. Namely, depending on
how the woman is sitting, a skirt can allow other people to see quite a
bit of her legs, even well above the knee. The looser the skirt is, the
less of a problem this becomes, but the garment I have described makes
it virtually impossible, because the fabric is guaranteed to go between
her legs, no matter how she sits.
I have heard (I don't remember where) that some people consider this
garment unacceptable, as it is a form of pants. Is this really so? Is
there anyone who really prefers (on the basis of modesty) a skirt over
what I have described? If so, please explain why. Thank you.
(now at both Keeves@aol.com and at KGMiller@DatacorInc.com)