The Feministe blog adroitly unzips, strips, and de-wingtips the Modest Survey from the “Rebelution,” a Christian teenage rebellion against low expectations. The take home message of the survey is that women are expected to protect their brothers in Christ by wearing modest clothing. Although not quite venturing into burkhaville or the depeche mode of The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s great to know that women are still considered wicked temptresses and that men will easily “fall” because of “unguarded body” on a woman.
Here’s a cheery excerpt:
Deuteronomy 22:8 says, “When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, that you may not bring the guilt of blood upon your house, if anyone should fall from it.” My sister has often heard from other girls, “It seems the whole point to this modesty thing is to try and hide the fact that I’m female. If I do that, how will a guy ever notice me?”
In my opinion, modesty is no more about hiding the fact that a woman is a woman than having a parapet around a roof is about hiding the fact that the roof is a roof. The primary purpose of the parapet is so that no one falls off the roof and dies, bringing guilt upon the homeowner. One primary purpose of modesty is to prevent men from “falling” on account of a woman’s unguarded body.
Anyone wanna bite of this apple?
Doc Bushwell, atheist in sensible Land’s End garb.
Three pant-hoots and a grooming session to Stephanie for the tip.