The Modesty Myth: a new series on From Two to One

Those who remember my series of posts on the modesty doctrine will appreciate the new “Modesty Myth” series on From Two to One. Here is an excerpt from the first post:

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.
You can read all five posts here:

Daughter of the Patriarchy, epilogue: What does leaving fundamentalism look like?
Activism fatigue and the work of changing minds
The Fistfight Fallacy: rape culture's ahistorical premise
A Sober Second Look writes about Islamophobia

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