Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Is it modest?

If you have trouble getting into it or out of it, it is not modest.

If you have to be careful when you sit down or bend over, it is not modest.

If people look at any part of your body before looking at your face it is not modest.

If you can see your most private body parts or an outline of those parts under the fabric it is not modest.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

How far will you go to fit in?

In A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue by Wendy Shalit, Mike Royko describes a scene he witnessed one windy day while walking across the plaza. He says he noticed a woman walking hunched over and bent to one side. Wondering what would make her walk this way he continued watching her until she arrived inside the building at which point she straightened up and walked normally. Royko then realized that she had a slit dress on and was trying to prevent the wind from showing her thighs. Royko wanted to know why women would buy clothes that were made to reveal their thighs and then go to such great efforts to hide them. When he interviewed them their answer was, “it’s the fashion” (122). Why do young women go to such great lengths to be fashionable? Because they want to feel like they fit in. Why do young women feel a need to fit in? Sharon Lamb and Lyn Brown, the authors of Packaging Girlhood, blame it on the media. They claim that young women grow up watching shows that supposedly show the perfect female model. These models are often stick thin and nearly naked! Since most young women are not able to attain the ideal stick thin image, they try to promote their image by wearing very revealing clothes. Their friends at school also have an influence on them. By the time girls are seven or eight in first or second grade they are begging their parents to buy them the outfits their friends are wearing. By the time they turn sixteen they are trying to get their own job to pay for their wardrobe. Oftentimes this consists of the most similar clothes they could find to match the celebrities they idolize on TV. I encourage you to be different. Don't buy clothes just because a celebrity is wearing them!

Modesty quote of the day

Modesty is the beauty of women.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Modesty quote of the day

“Modesty in woman is a virtue most deserving, since we do all we can to cure her of it”

fashions thoughout the years

This is what women's dress looked like in the 1800's. I don't have anything against dresses, but I would not want to wear them everyday!
This was the 60's. Short, but at least she has something on underneath.

This is the 70's fashion.
This is the 80's. Mostly pants by now. Not as short as the 60's.

This is the 90's. Notice the change in hairstyles as well.
and...The current 2010 fashions. Too short at both ends!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Watch What You Say!

Many clothes companies sell clothes with catchy slogans on them. Some of them are very degrading to women. Is it immodest to wear these clothes? I think so. In Alissa Quart's book Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers she discusses how clothing companies put wording such as "wink wink" and "eye candy" on clothing that may promote sexual advances.  Abercrombie and Fitch was one of the companies that came under fire for what they sold. Here is the exact news report. A&F was the subject of a boycott for selling t-shirts with sexist slogans and came under fire for selling thong underwear aimed at preteens with messages such as “wink wink” or “eye candy,” and for having a sexually provocative catalogue.

Here are some to avoid:
Yep, men wear them too!

There are others that are worse, but I thought these were bad enough.

modesty sources

Here are some books for more information on modesty. I have not read all of them, but I think for the most part they are good influences.
Secret Keeper by Dannah Gresh
A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue by Wendy Shalit

These are about how marketers sell young women immodest clothes.
Packaging Girlhood:Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers'Schemes By Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown
Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers by Alissa Quart

These are about staying sexually pure until marriage.
and the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity by Dannah Gresh

Here is a list of blogs on modesty. I do not claim to agree with the views of all these people. There are many different opinions on what is modest.

This list is by no means exhaustive. I will keep adding to it.