In light of some recent discussions in mainstream media and the blogosphere, M and I have been discussing the intersection of modesty, politics, Christian culture, and family life.
- What does it mean to be modest?
- Why aren’t men taught as much about modesty as women?
- Can the tenets of modesty be redeemed in this modern, sex-saturated world?
- What do Christian feminists think about modesty?
- How do conservative evangelical women and men think about modesty?I decided to do some research, reading a lot of articles from a variety of perspectives on modesty. I did a few interviews (i.e., coffee and phone dates) with friends about their thoughts on modesty. And then I began to write. And write some more. This week, I’ll post my preliminary findings and thoughts on what I am calling The Modesty Myth: the myth that women can prevent men from lusting after them and that the state of a woman’s soul is partially determined by what she wears.