Modern Modesty

I am glad to see that there are youth who are taking modesty seriously. I have a personal bias that modesty is one of the biggest problems with our society today. Perhaps it is only a symptom, but that is for another debate.

This article discusses a “prom” that was hosted by an LDS Stake, driven by a young woman, who has (in my not so humble opinion) earned all three of her Personal Progress Awards in this one act.

As I read this article, I was struck by a few things.

The first was perhaps the seemingly mocking tone of the authors. Townsel and Kee just don’t seem to get it. It seems that they can’t fathom the idea of having standards as a teenager.

I think the most glaring proof of their mocking tone is in the title. Townsel and Kee titled this article: “The ‘modest’ prom.” Note the quote marks. the quotes are around the word modest. Maybe I am being hypercritical when I say that implies to me that they don’t believe the prom was actually modest.

It is my opinion, that if this title deserved quotation marks, then it should be around the word “prom” as this seemed more like a church dance than a prom.

The second thing that struck me about this article (and check out the tone of the authors about this subject) is that the young women had to purchase immodest dresses. Then they would fix them. While I support their extensive efforts to be modest, It just seems to me that fixing a bad dress is the wrong way to do it.

Think about it for a while. If a dress manufacturer makes an immodest dress then sales 100 of them, the dress maker thinks there is a demand for such immodest dresses, and makes 100 more. The manufacturer has no idea that 1 (or maybe 99) of them were fixed. Thus, we create a false demand for immodest clothing. (On an aside, Mormons do the same with edited videos).

Further, we hurt the several businesses that exist, which sale specifically modest dresses (check out Dreszing and LDS for just a couple of examples). Companies keep track of their sales. They look for what sales and what does not sale. They can’t, however, keep track of what got altered. So, when you by the expensive prom dress you are sending a message for what you want to see on the shelf for next year’s prom.

The last thing that struck me from this article was that although it mentioned that this was an interfaith activity, there was no mention of non-LDS youths participating. I wonder if this is only an LDS issue. I see many young women whom I believe to be catholic, who also adorn themselves with a cross (I believe for religious reasons; not fashion), and yet they are often dressed immodestly.

If I were in a less Mormon community, perhaps I would have a better idea of what Christians felt about modesty. However, I truly wonder if modesty is a concern among other Christians.

Modesty is a very important issue for our society today. We need to take it more seriously. I am honored that so much is being done by the youth of the

Church. I hope that it is a trend the spreads like a wild fire, and if they already haven’t, I hope our Christian neighbors jump into the fray with us.


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