I don't have to compare my thighs to Gwyneth Paltrow's, since I cover them with a properly fitting skirt that covers my knees.Secret Keeper Girl: An Inside Look at Evangelical Cognitive Dissonance
The group believes in Christian purity and modesty—women need to save their “secrets” (their bodies) for their husbands at marriage. To accomplish this, they promote loving Jesus, being close to one’s mothers, and dressing modestly."Toward a New Understanding of Modesty"
...the current modesty debate among evangelical Christians might actually have something to offer beyond its own ranks.Modesty: I Don't Think it Means What You Think it Means
Often, these two cultures combine to send out a pulse of confusing messages: “Look cute … but not too cute! Be modest … but not frumpy! Make yourself attractive … but not too attractive!” Women are left feeling ashamed of their bodies as they try desperately to contort around a bunch of vague, ever-changing ideals. It’s exhausting, really, dressing for other people.Curvy in a Christian Home: The Modesty Movement and Its Negative Effects
There is not much worse for a young girl in a conservative home than the biological curse of double ds.Rurally Screwed: Mennonite Ladies: Rise!
I wouldn’t have a problem with Mennonite fashion if the men had to wear, say, shoes that were three sizes too big, or really tight woolen jumpsuits, or kaleidoscope goggles, or whatever, but they don’t. They get to look normal. Modern. They get to blend in.Bitch magazine, 2007: "The Great Cover-Up"
The modesty movement makes some good points about the effect a hypersexual culture can have on women's well-being and sense of self. And it's hard to argue that corporations and pop-culture products that reduce women and girls to consumers of constructed sexuality—from Bratz and Club Libby Lu to The Bachelor and Age of Love—are deeply problematic. But by claiming that modesty is the only solution, and by overlooking long-term feminist efforts to expand both women's access to sexual pleasure and the right to say no, the new-modesty hucksters are doing women no favors.Mormon 'modest fashion' blogs, 2011
"Longer Skirts, No Cleavage!"Offbeat Modest Dress
madamOwl on the subject
Mennonite MaidensFurther reading
The Modest Clothing Directory (with that retro Geocities vibe)
Previously: I want a girl with a long skirt and a loooooong jacket.Finally, in current events: The second "Wear Pants to Church Day" is planned for tomorrow. (Images from last year's event.) Some Mormon women have even gone bare (previously) in protest of the LDS Church's emphasis on modesty culture.
Book Review: Modest Fashion: Styling Bodies, Mediating Faith: "Crossing creeds and cultures, analysing commentary alongside commerce, the book aims to explore the personal and the political as well as religious, aesthetic and economic implications of contemporary dress practices and the debates that surround them."
The modesty wars: women and the Hasidim in Brooklyn
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