Welcome to the August 10, 2007 edition of carnival of modesty. This month’s line-up promises plenty of stimulation for our moral processing! Thank you, MInTheGap, for originating this particular carnival, and for scouting the net for so many great entries!
“This kind of talk is music to the ears of mothers, who, like myself have a beautiful teenage girl who is bursting on the social scene, dying to express her taste and decorate the lovely form God has given her. Instead of keeping her under wraps in a shapeless jumper, where she is unattractive, and feels resentful that her beauty is somehow rejected, she can dress like the girls in the Pure Fashion show above, feminine, hip, and MODEST!”
“One exciting way I’ve found to encourage modesty is by hosting a “Modesty Tea” or a “Modest Fashion Show,” at your home church (You can do this!).”
Kathy at brokenhomeschool.com presents Modesty is Back in Style–Thank Goodness. She calls it, “Essentially a speedlinks post.” And she’s right, it’s like a mini-carnival highlighting several great articles and resources for us modesty-seekers!
What is Modest?
When I buy clothing it must pass two tests: the praying test and the hallelujah test.”
“The morality of our clothing choices has to do with our intentions in wearing the clothes, not in the specifics of the garments themselves (specifically and obviously immodest garments excluded).”
Is anybody up for a style quiz? Here is a style q… posted at Christ is King!, saying,
“This Quiz will give you a good indication of what you think is modest…”
“Modesty is not just covering skin. Would that it were that simple. A woman can cover her skin completely and still be very immodest. Among other things modesty is an attitude which leads to certain choices in how one acts and dresses.”
“To wear or not to wear, that is the Pants question…”
Why Dress Modestly?
MInTheGap shares about the heart of modesty in What Does the Bible Say About Modesty. Using Old and New Testament examples, MInTheGap does a great job of encouraging us to Biblical modesty. I appreciated his use of the 1 Peter 3 passage, on the importance of both inner and outer beauty.
The Daily Planet – Expectations… reveals how hard it is today, to be a modestly dressed teenager. Super Angel, shares how frustrating it is, to know she’s not the only one who wants to be able to buy something off the rack without having to “re-make” it at home. Maybe if more teens went against the trends, the fashion industry would sit up and take notice. She writes,
“…because that is what everyone is wearing. They know that most teenage girls aren’t gonna go against the crowd and pick a modest dress. So they just cater these girls to what they know they will give in to.”
“Many people, like myself, when they first hear about modesty feel like it is unimportant. ‘Why should i dress any differently than my friends and every other girl out there? Guys are just going to see it anyways. And if they have a problem with the way I dress, that’s their issue to deal with.’ That whole mindset is completely absurd and selfish.”
“But when daughters are loosely dressed we can know for sure that there is incompetence on the father’s behalf. There is no leader. I don’t think ignorance plays a part here because men know what “immodest”, “seductive”, and “sexy”, look like.”
“We, as Christians have embraced worldly ways. We are watching the same things on t.v., listening to the same secular music, laughing at the same crude jokes and dressing in immodest ways.”
Right-Wing Agenda posts After spending a day at Sea World I can see why radical Muslims want to kill us. He makes a good point in light of the skimpy coverings worn by the masses,
“As a Christian who is trying to raise his daughters to focus on God’s purpose in their lives, how am I suppose to explain to them the tendency for kids their own age to do the exact opposite of what their mom and dad are trying to teach them to do?”
“As I prepared to put up the appliques of Tinker Bell, I stopped short. What my eyes beheld was not the innocent little fairy I remembered from the Peter Pan I watched as a child, but an almost Marilyn-Monroe-esque little pixie – complete with cleaveage, curvy hips, and “come-hither” eyes. I also didn’t remember her being so scantily dressed.”
“It is a well-known fact that men and women are wired differently, and so from a female perspective it can be hard to fully understand the physical/visual way men are designed and the extent of lust to which they struggle.”
Anna Cory takes us on a modesty journey with The Women Formerly Known As Sexy posted at Veiled Glory. Examine her thoughts on the church, and its influence on women recently. Has it been feeding the souls, or the fragile body images of the “Daughters of the King”? Lots there!
Other great entries:
Catholic Fire reminds us in Fellas & Fashions: Skin is not in that though men may look at scantily clad women walking by, what they really appreciate is a woman whose confidence isn’t reliant on the latest fashion trends:
“Real men like real women who show respect for themselves and their bodies. To me, dresses and skirts make a woman appear more dignified and feminine. They express self-confidence and contentment with one’s sexuality. Isn’t is great to feel comfortable with the sexuality with which God has blessed you?”
“To me the headcovering has a lot to do with modesty too…”
Annette Berlin of Frugal Journey encourages readers to check out Ladies Against Feminism, a wonderful site promoting stay at home motherhood, being your husband’s helpmeet, modesty, and thrift. She begins her post with:
“We all have our little secrets, and I’ve decided it’s time to confess mine. Here it goes…I’m a closet anti-feminist. It’s true, and now you know.”
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