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Modesty

The No-Win Hypocrisy of Christian Abstinence (and Infinities)

Cynthia Jeub | Posted 08.10.2014 | Religion
Cynthia Jeub

So Green told a story, and it garnered various responses from the Christian world. It made us think, and maybe that's what stories should do. Maybe it's better than pretending to have all the answers about sexuality and eternity.

'Mormon Prom' Draws Hundreds Of Teens For Celebration Of Modesty

The Star-Ledger | Janelle Griffith | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) 
Hundreds of teens from North Jersey gathered in Morristown on Saturday (May 10) for a night celebrating modesty — the eighth annual “Morm...

Defining Luxury

Nate Zubal | Posted 07.08.2014 | Style
Nate Zubal

As a society, we're looking for ways to experience our own, perhaps unconventional, versions of luxury.

Body Shaming, More or Less

Sara Esther Crispe | Posted 04.12.2014 | Women
Sara Esther Crispe

Tell a young woman that she is beautiful when she is under 100 lbs. and see just how willing she will be to watch that scale tip. Remind her of how thin she is every time you see her, and she will do anything in her power to remain that way.

My Festivus Grievances About Online Comments and Self-Promotion

Adam Grant | Posted 02.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Studies show that the more you toot your own horn, the more negatively you're evaluated: Self-promoters are not only less liked, but also earn lower salaries and fewer promotions. Bragging about yourself violates norms of modesty and politeness -- and if you were really competent, your work would speak for itself.

Modest Hopes for My Two Girls

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I hope my girls will never shame other girls for the way they dress, or associate showing skin with selling sex (or demonize people who sell sex).

The Vulgar Face of Purity Culture

Anne Almasy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Women
Anne Almasy

What purity teaching did for me was distill me down to my body. The core of purity culture was that my mind didn't matter, my personality didn't matter, my dreams and desires and goals didn't matter -- if my shorts were too short.

Building Amish: Young Women, Baptists Among the Real Seekers of Anabaptist Life

David Briggs | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

"I am a Christian. I don't like the way the English teenagers live. I have always treasured the simple life and the way the Amish live and am looking to hopefully become Amish when I'm old enough," said one teen who described herself as "a modest young lady."

Modesty Culture's Hidden Victims

Emily Timbol | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Emily Timbol

In that moment, my impressionable mind latched onto an idea that took over a decade to dismantle. My worth was in my body. More specifically, my worth only existed in relation to how boys saw my body.

Birds, Bees, and Miniskirts

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

As my kids get older, talks about sex, hormones, wisdom, maturity, morals, and just good ol' fashion common sense have become more frequent. I am totally comfortable with such talks. What I'm not comfortable with is when the lectures turn back on me.

The Politics Of A Kiss: Islam And Intimate Life In Turkey

Roger Friedland | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Just like their parents did with the market and the democratic nation-state, one way or another young Turkish Muslims of the future will find a way to make their piety work with their love lives. It may not be in a subway, but they are not going to stop kissing.

Where I Finally Realized Modesty Is Not An Option As A Mom

Valerie Weiss | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Valerie Weiss

Yesterday, as I was having my first-ever body scrub at a Korean Spa -- a service that is described as "not for any woman who is shy about her body" -- it struck me how having kids has expunged every bit of modesty impressed upon me by my upbringing.

Getting To Know G-d

Rabbi Manis Friedman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Manis Friedman

G-d chooses to conceal Himself is because G-d wants to be known rather than seen. The act of seeing satisfies our innate curiosity about the object or person at hand.

Muslim Models Keep It 'Underwraps'

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 01.31.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Ever since she was a little girl, Savannah Uqdah longed to pose for pictures and strut down a runway with flashbulbs bursting. But as an observa...

An Unlikely Connection?

Craig Considine | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Muhammad and Washington were gentlemen of the highest degree. This is no more evident than in the connection between them in the Holy Quran and "Rules of Civility."

Is Modesty in Women Overrated?

Anjali Sareen | Posted 03.02.2013 | Women
Anjali Sareen

As women, why are we allowed to celebrate "traditional" events like getting married and having children, but expected to humbly ignore our personal and professional accomplishments?

California Teen Starts Campaign To Cover Up

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.11.2012 | Teen

A South Pasadena high school student is encouraging her fellow classmates to join the campaign to cover up. Saige Hatch, 15, started the South Pasa...

Confessions Of A Former Model: On Faith And Hour-Glass Figures

Martha Lyles | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Martha Lyles

There's nothing inherently un-Christian about modeling. It's all how you go about it. But tonight's much-hyped Victoria's Secret fashion show is not only a blow to average women still feeling stuffed from Thanksgiving and bloated by holiday treats, it's semi-pornographic.

Life in India

David Macaray | Posted 10.14.2012 | World
David Macaray

Some years ago, while I served with the Peace Corps in Northern India, my neighbor and good friend Mr. Sharma surprised me with an odd question.

How Blurry Glasses Are Revealing Mainstream Hate Of Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Elad Nehorai | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Elad Nehorai

Jews in the most religious area of Jerusalem, have started selling glasses that blur their owner's vision. Website after website, and blog after blog, has picked up this story. Almost all with a certain mocking tone. Many with angry undertones and overtones. Many sarcastic.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Blur Women With Modesty Glasses

AP | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- It's the latest prescription for extreme ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who shun contact with the opposite sex: Glasses that blur their vision...

Church Clothes

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 08.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Is our communal worship experience supposed to be nothing more than a fashion show with religious music playing, as we two-step down the sanctuary?

Like Father, Like Husband

Jenn Horton | Posted 08.13.2012 | Parents
Jenn Horton

It's a little creepy, how you marry your father. But cool. Awesome, really

'Eat My Dust, Hear My Drum': American Modesty Has Died. I Killed It

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.01.2012 | Home
Peter Mandel

Modesty has died. You hadn't noticed? Its quiet nature made it marginal. It caught a cold. It stayed in bed. Our fireworks and gunshots killed it off.

Where Did Our Sense of Modesty Come From?

David Macaray | Posted 06.04.2012 | Comedy
David Macaray

Unlike the evolution of horticulture or weaponry, the concept of modesty didn't evolve. It arrived on the scene fully developed. Either you believed your genitals needed to be concealed or you didn't. The following is a dramatization of that event.