—Again? Omg this person is OBSESSED with modesty…
Listen, I had planned to write about something else (although still REALLY proud of this one) , but alas, yet another Christian woman has declared Why She No Longer Wears [article of clothing that allegedly entices straight men to lust in their minds]. This time: leggings! The post has gone viral and resulted in a freakin’ Good Morning America interview. A blog post about not wearing leggings. On Good Morning America. LEGGINGS.
And of course, this got me to thinking about modesty standards. If you’re not familiar already, there is a (booming?) clothing industry dedicated to modest clothing for women who don’t want to look “frumpy.”
You already know where I’m going with this.
I thought it might be fun to compare some of the fashions and the different versions of modesty that emerge. As I was perusing posts about modesty, many people were firm in their stance that “tight-fitting” clothing is inappropriate. But what is considered “tight”, I wonder? Over at Neesee’s Dresses, these were listed under “modest dresses“:
And still others believe that tight jeans (like these from modest clothing site Great Lengths) should absolutely be avoided:
What about swimsuits? Well, the standard for beachwear ranges from Jessica Rey’s line:
(Keep in mind that wearing any of the swimsuits mentioned above would have resulted in arrest for being immodest in many parts of the US in the 1920s; I felt compelled to point that out again.)
The fact is, many of you may disagree with my examples of ‘tight’ clothing, and not only is that perfectly fine, it’s exactly my point. My view of what is form-fitting, revealing, etc, is mine alone. Not my interpretation of what the Bible supposedly says, or God’s “definition”, but it is simply MY VIEW that has no bearing on anyone else.
What strikes me about the modesty debate is that the way its supporters adamantly condemn legalism and acknowledge that there are differing standards of modesty, yet dig their heels in on the notion that they are following “God’s plan” for appropriate dress. Sorry, you cannot have your modesty cake and eat it too.* You cannot claim you are not forcing your views on others (particularly other Christians) while touting your view as biblical.
I want to stress again that there is absolutely noting wrong with choosing to dress in a way that YOU feel is modest. That’s the wonderful thing about bodily autonomy! Having said that, here is a list of people subject to your specific interpretation of biblical modesty: