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To Respect And To Be Respected: The Male Role In Modesty

When we think of modesty, our minds almost always go to clothing and girls. In our culture today that objectifies women, it’s easy to think that the only way to gain respect is for women to act and be modest. Since the opposite of modesty is showing too much – the thinking goes – then it must mean that women hold the ultimate responsibility in being modest. Indeed, to gain respect – especially as a woman – is to dress and act with respect. However, what’s considered the sins of the flesh – i.e., sins of a sexual nature –...

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Is Modesty Sexist?

The short answer is modesty – dressing and acting modestly – is anything but sexist. Of course, however, such a short answer is unacceptable and oftentimes ignored by a society that holds up as role models celebrities that act in the polar opposite – like Beyoncé or Miley Cyrus. To much of society, the demand to dress and act modestly is an affront to women’s rights and liberty. Modesty, to many, means the subjugation of women – a tyrannical way of living, brought on by the church (and by church, is meant all of Christianity as an organized religion) and...

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Why Modesty Dignifies Women

So often, we hear that such virtues as modesty and chastity place unfair expectations on women. Many people also believe that the calling to be virtuous not only puts unfair responsibilities on women, but it also enslaves women. Since the Free Love movement in the 1960s (widely now known as the Sexual Revolution), modest clothing and virtuous behavior has been the subject of ridicule and harsh judgment. If you dressed to “cover up”, you were labeled a religious extremist. If you acted chastely and with respect, you were labeled a prude. Since the 1960s, modesty – which used to be...

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Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Modesty?

When we grow up learning about the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, we often learn about the extremes of those dispositions. Much like the Cardinal and Theological Virtues, we’re supposed to cultivate and live out the seven gifts and twelve fruits of the Holy. In fact, if we live virtuous lives – as we’re called to do – then we are living out the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. However, unlike the virtues, the gifts of the Holy Spirit can be misused and even take to the extreme. How Can These Gifts Be Misused?These extremes turn...

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Fashion & Modesty: Two Contradictory Topics?

Fashion and modesty are traditionally always at odds with each other. The trends of the day since the invention of the bikini in 1946 reached its high point in the 1960s with the free love movement and finally plateaued in the late 1980s through the 1990s. Probably the most famous icon of the last few decades to really make an impact in fashion was pop star Britney Spears. She was wrought with controversy over her trailblazing in near-nakedness on the stage. As parents of the 90s became more concerned over Britney’s behavior, she became more popular with teens; and, as...

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