Quoting Quiverfull: Rules For Modesty?

quotingquiverfullby Kate Schell from her blog kateschell.com

Editor’s note: Kate is not a quiverfull evangelical Christian but she is doing an interesting series on the whole Modesty movement in evangelical Christianity called ‘Immodest Proposals’ that is a great read for anyone in recovery from toxic modesty teachings in Christianity. Featuring the list of ‘don’ts’ from her site.

  • Shorts must be longer than your fingertips.

  • Actually, shorts must reach your knees.

  • Actually, go for capris.

  • Actually, go for full-length pants. Not too tight, though.

  • Trousers are preferable to jeans. Denim is worldly and a result of the sexual revolution. (Unless it’s a jean skirt. Those are okay, and proof that you can be modest and fashionable!)

  • Actually, wear skirts instead of pants, because they disguise your leg shape and convey your femininity in a society where gender roles are confused and people can’t tell the difference between men and women, much less the sheep and the goats; like the nation of Israel of old, we are a sanctified people and our wardrobes must reflect this spiritual and cultural separation.

  • Skirts shouldn’t be form-fitting or made of a clingy fabric.

  • Skirts shouldn’t be frumpy, because God created women to be beautiful.

  • Tight enough to show you’re a woman, loose enough to show you’re a lady.

  • No slits. If you can’t find a skirt without a slit, add a kick-pleat, slip, or underskirt.

  • Skirts must be longer than your fingertips.

  • Actually, skirts must reach your knees.

  • Actually, skirts must reach your calves.

  • Actually, skirts must reach your ankles.

  • Wear socks or leggings under your skirt to make sure all your skin is covered, especially if you are going to bend over, jog about, or climb stairs.

  • Make sure your tights or leggings aren’t patterned or colorful, because that will draw attention to your gams, and gams make your brothers-in-Christ stumble.

  • Actually, don’t wear leggings at all, because they are too tight.

  • Same with yoga pants.

  • And skinny jeans.

  • Don’t wear pajamas publicly, because boys will imagine you in bed, then having sex with you in your bed.

  • Don’t stretch your body, because boys will imagine you moving your body in other ways.

  • Don’t run when males are around, because your breasts might bounce.

  • Don’t hug males, because boobs.

  • Side-hug!

  • Actually, handshake.

  • Distant wave. From your gender-specific sidewalk.

  • Don’t wear a bikini.

  • Don’t wear a tankini.

  • Don’t wear a one piece with cutouts or thin straps or any ornamentation around your, um, danger zones.

  • Don’t wear a one-piece without shorts.

  • Don’t wear a one-piece without shorts and a T-shirt.

  • You may wear a one-piece without shorts or a T-shirt if it is retro. There was no lust in the ’50s.

  • Actually, just don’t swim when males are present.

  • Don’t have wet hair publicly, because boys will imagine you in the shower, then having sex with you in the shower, and then they’ll probably stop going to church, deny God, and become terrorists or Democrats.

  • Keep your hair curled, because feminine.

  • Keep your hair braided, because then you aren’t flaunting it vainly or sharing its beauty with men who aren’t your husband.

  • Actually, don’t have hair braided, because there’s a verse that says that somewhere.

  • Don’t have short hair, because its length is your glory and because our society is gender-confused and you must be so feminine that people ask you why so you can share the gospel of proper gender roles with them and they shall be saved.

  • You know what? Just keep your hair covered.

  • Do not wear clothing with ornamentation, wording, or a pattern that highlights your bits or curves.

  • If your dress or shirt is sleeveless or has spaghetti straps, wear it with a cardigan or shawl. Shoulders are sexual.

  • In the hottest of climates, you may wear a tank-top if its straps are at least three finger-widths wide.

  • If you wear a tank-top, you must pin your undershirt or bra straps so they do not show. If boys see straps, they will imagine you in your bra, and then not in your bra, and then they will spontaneously combust from lust.

  • If your neckline is too low-cut, wear a tank-top or T-shirt underneath it. Breasts, clavicles, and necks are sexual.

  • Regardless of breast size, always wear an undershirt with V-necks, because when you bend over, males might see cleavage or the top of your bra. Even if you are prepubescent, males might be turned on by the idea of future cleavage.

  • Actually, just don’t wear V-necks. They literally point toward your chest.

  • Low-cut back-lines are a no-no, too. Upper backs are sexual.

  • Lace and silk are lovely, classy fabric choices.

  • Actually, be careful about lace and silk. They are reminiscent of unmentionables.

  • See-through fabric is also reminiscent of unmentionables, even if your undershirt covers everything.

  • Flip-flops are unisex. Avoid them except for the shower or perhaps the beach.

  • Wear jewelry: bracelets, necklaces, rings… so feminine!

  • Don’t wear too much jewelry, though. It becomes a symbol of your vanity.

  • Actually, don’t wear any jewelry. God likes his women plain. It reflects a focus on the spiritual hereafter, not this material present.

  • Ear-piercing is reminiscent of ancient Mesopotamian heathens.

  • Oh don’t be silly! You can wear simple, ladylike earrings.

  • But not any other piercings.

  • Or tattoos. Those hurt your testimony.

  • Unless they are mother-daughter tattoos when the mother or daughter is dying. Then it is brave and a sweet symbol of traditional family values.

  • Wear a little makeup to highlight your God-given beauty.

  • But don’t wear too much makeup.

  • Actually, don’t wear any makeup, because it is secular and draws attention to you instead of Christ and it distorts the face you were created with, and who are you to question God’s creativity?

  • Be pretty, but not too pretty.

  • Dress attractively, but not to attract.

  • Be confident, but not sexy.

  • Be feminine in a specifically white, thin, Western, Victorian- or 1950s-inspired sort of way.

  • Treat your body like a temple, but don’t show it.

  • If your body shows, men will lust.

  • If your body shows, you disobey God and disrespect other people.

  • If your body shows, men might not be able to control themselves.

  • If your body shows, you get what you deserve.

  • Let your inner beauty shine.

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull and Spiritual Abuse honestly and thoughtfully.

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