In her letter to The Salt Lake Tribune, the unidentified FLDS woman wrote, "Your body adjusts to the temeperature [sic] changes better with a covering of underwear and clothing. Clothing protects the skin from the heat of the sun. You are actually cooler being covered than being naked when it comes to sunshine. … Wearing long underwear is in preparation for our temple ordinances. And we see it as a privilege."
Of the women's hairstyle, she wrote, "Women need long hair. Our mothers in Heaven have long hair. This was revealed by the Prophets. … Hair left hanging is hot on the neck. … That is why most women braid their hair or put it up in a bun or twist."
But Jessop dismissed the woman's arguments for practicality out of hand.
"That is bogus," she said. "That is a bunch of baloney that we all got fed. … It's considered adulterous to have your hair down. It's considered like you're trying to entice a man to have sex with you."
"She is just reiterating what she was taught," Jessop continued, adding, "Think about how you would feel if you're weighed down with all that clothing. It affects your personality in a very literal way."