Beauty & Fashion
What Does Modesty REALLY Mean?
Written by Zach Hunter | February 4, 2014
Hey Project Inspired readers!
Welcome to the first of many discussions about topics that you care about. (If you have an idea for what you’d like us to talk about next time, or someone you’d like to hear from, leave a note in the comments!)
This time around, we’re going to be talking about “modesty.” It’s a word that has a different meaning for each of us. Some people think of it as a necessary component to a Christian life and others feel that it smacks of unnecessary judgment. But, as with many things, the idea of “modesty” isn’t totally cut-and-dried.
What we want to do in this blog is present different sides of the concept from people who’ve thought a lot about it, and encourage you to think critically and discuss civilly the issues about which you care the most.
Let’s get started! Remember, keep an open mind and be respectful of each other in the comments.
I believe in you!
“If guys practiced self-control, ‘modesty’ wouldn’t be such a huge deal.” (Read more)
— Zach Hunter, Anti-Slavery Activist and Author of Chivalry and Be the Change
“So much of the world believes a girl’s life to be worth less than her brother’s. How impossibly high the cultural standards are for these women. Even so, our own Western culture regularly waters the same poisonous seed: boys will be boys, and it is the girl’s responsibility to keep herself out of the mud. It’s a lie.” (Read more)
–Kim Hall, Director of Women’s Ministry, All Saints PCA
“Anyone can buy skimpy clothes and show some skin. The real world changers are the ones who realize they don’t need to dress the way culture tells them to.” (Read more)
–Jarrid Wilson, Pastor and Author of 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us
“While modesty certainly can be a good thing, I believe that the freedom to express oneself through fashion belongs to each person and it takes a level of maturity to discern how it is best for you to dress.” (Read more)
–Tara Teng, Human Rights Activist and Miss World Canada 2012
What do you think? Which words resonated most with you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!