September 04, 2006
Moms for Modesty
You may have noticed my new little button over there to the left. You might even wonder what it's about. If you've read my blog for any time, you know I'm not really up on the blinkies and tags and even cute buttons. I don't post political statements or spout off about religion. Part of that is that I live life as I feel is best for my family, not because I think it is the best way for everyone. And some of my convictions lead others to assume that since I am so right-wing, I must be like the crazies who judge others. And, well, that just isn't true. I believe this world would be rather boring, albeit safe, if everyone were exactly like me.
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But in my quest to be more real in blogging, I've decided that I will start opening up about my thoughts. Call it "Deep Thoughts, by Seeking Woman", if you will. You know, like Jack Handey, only I'm not quite so witty and profound.
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So, this whole Modesty thing. Yeah, it bothers me that I can't buy jeans for my girls that don't expose their cracks, for the low-waist-edness. It bothers me that there are words across the chest- or bottom- that I find offensive in regards to little girls. Tight tanks, teeny bikinis....
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My kids do have some halter tops, they each have a peasant dress that ties around their neck, halter-style. But I wore halters when I was a girl, and I certainly didn't look provocative. I remember always wearing those jumpers that tied over each shoulder and had elastic on each leg. I remember begging my mom to let me wear something less baby-ish. My girls look stylish with their scooters and t-shirts, their cute sandals (the only part of their wardrobe they get to choose on their own is shoes, with only a few vetoes from mom at time of purchase).
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When we go to church, the girls want to wear their pretty summer dresses, but if it is sleeveless, they must wear a sweater over top. No bare shoulders in church, at least not in my family.
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I'm not a mom who thinks modesty requires complete covering up. But I agree that those who design and market girls' clothes need to stop producing items that make little girls look like teenagers-in-training. Little girls are little girls. And they should look like little girls. Sooner than we're really comfortable with, they will be all grown up and making their own choices about clothing - and what have we taught them if we dress them provocatively from a young age?
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I personally want my girls to know they are beautiful because of their minds, because they rely on wit and intelligence to attract others. Are they beautiful physically? Sure! But that is tertiary to what is in their hearts and in their minds.
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Moms for Modesty Mission Statement
*As a Mom for Modesty I believe in common-sense modesty for girls and young women.
*I believe in refraining from sexualizing our girls and young women.
*I believe that it is unwise and unfair to taunt boys and young men by permitting my daughters to dress in an immodest manner.
*I believe that true beauty comes from within and I strive to teach my daughters this truth.
*I will loyally shop at retailers that provide girls' and young womens clothing that is modest, affordable and stylish.
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If this is something you want to know more about, you can go
here and read what got this whole iconversation going. If you feel so inclined, add your comments to the post. Even better, show your support by adding the button to your own web space. If you don't agree, that's okay too, let's just keep comments respectful.
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God Bless you.
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