The comments to my anti-Victoria's Secret catalog post were truly eye-opening. It made me realize how many of us are outraged by the onslaught of pornographic images in lingerie ads, fashion magazines and even fast food ads.
Most of all, I was reminded that modesty matters.
Perhaps the underlying problem of rampant pornography and sexual violence against women began with the mass uncovering of women's bodies. Somehow in the last 40 years, women abandoned one of the chief guardians of feminine dignity and safety: modest clothing.
Of course, uncovering one's body was done in the name of "empowerment." But there couldn't be a bigger lie. Public nudity will never be empowering. It will always be degrading because it displays what should be private.
And by exposing the mystery, we make it cheap. We defile the sacred.
I've admitted to struggling with modesty. Part of this was me sifting through my legalistic past. Part of it was just plain ol' inconsideration. I didn't want to admit that, as a Christian woman, I had a responsibility to dress modestly.
I viewed dressing modestly as a choice between looking frumpy and looking fashionable. But now there are so many more options for beautifully modest clothing that I don't really have an excuse anymore (if you don't believe me, go check out Betty Beguiles' blog–she always has such cute picks).
Which makes me wonder: why do so many Christian women dress immodestly? Do they not know what modesty looks like or have they chosen to simply disregard it altogether?
This year I'm making a concerted effort to dress modestly. It's my own personal campaign against the proliferation of public porn. And it's also my way of tangibly showing my children (especially my daughters) that yes, modesty matters.
What do you think? Do Christian women have a responsibility to dress modestly?
Why or why not?
Do you have any links to companies that specialize in modest clothing?