One Guideline for Modesty
We’ve been ignoring BJ from the American Decency Association for a little too long, so I decided to check up on him. It turns out he decided to let somebody else say something stupid for him this week. He refers us to the blog of a Christian publisher named Michael Hyatt, who wrote an article titled “Whatever Happened to Modesty?” It’s actually an old article. This is so typical of BJ. Everything he references is outdated.
In the article, Hyatt tells us that he watched the MTV VMA awards:
It’s been a while since I’ve seen MTV, but I was flabbergasted. I could not believe the sensuality and decadence I witnessed. Gail and I finally had to turn it off. We just couldn’t take it any more.
It was so terrible I had to watch it all night!
As I thought about my experience later, it made me sad.
I’ve been spending all that money on Viagra, when I could be watching MTV for free!
I am the father of five daughters. So perhaps I’m just a little overly sensitive.
No, Hyatt. I’d say you’re a little overly-sexed. And very selfish and irresponsible. Ever hear of condoms? No, contrary to fundie belief, they don’t cause AIDS. They will, however, reduce your carbon footprint and leave a lot more food, water, and other resources for the rest of the world. It isn’t about how many fundies you can bring into this world or how many “souls” you save from being born into non-fundie families. It’s about being responsible and not using more than your fair share of the world’s limited resources.
But I was shocked at the complete absence of modesty, the ridicule of virginity….
Where are these girls fathers? Has anyone ever taught them the concept of modesty? Or have all the men in their lives simply exploited them as sex objects
That’s why it’s such a good thing that fundies don’t treat the women in their lives as possessions that they can control.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not a prude.
These are not rules about skirt length or the amount of cleavage you can show.
Although if you want to come up with such rules, Hyatt, be sure to let me know. You could hire me to gather data. I already have a ruler. I’d have to get really close to measure accurately.
Hey, you’re not thinking of keeping that job for yourself, are you? No, you never would. After all, it’s not like you watch MTV all night just to see how skimpy the outfits are.
I gave these to my girls when they were growing up.
Here they are: “Four Guidelines for Modesty”:
- If you have trouble getting into it or out of it, it is probably not modest.
- If you have to be careful when you sit down or bend over, it is probably not modest.
- If people look at any part of your body before looking at your face, it is probably not modest.
- If you can see your most private body parts or an outline of those parts under the fabric, it is probably not modest.
These dictates of his can actually be summarized into one: