Saw this on Facebook



And I happen to heartily disagree.  What a person chooses to wear should be their own choice, and if they choose to follow a certain style due to their faith (eg covering one’s head) then fine, but I heartily disagree with assuming that someone who isn’t dressed modestly doesn’t have a strong or true faith.

After all, when you get down to a molecular level, we’re no different from anyone else.  Or any other species for that matter.  And, just think about the upcoming Olympics, or the current French Open tennis, and the sports attire which is/will be worn by the athletes taking part.  Is it immodest, or just practical, to wear clothing which exposes the flesh and therefore allows the skin to breathe and perspiration to evaporate?

And what about the constant double standards?  And I don’t just mean about how men wear short (and possibly tight) shorts and then jeer at women, but at just how horrible people can be about their own gender.

We are all made in the image of God, and God saw that we were good.  (cf Genesis Ch. 1)

If the human body is so despicable that it must be covered up, I’m wondering how people can reconcile that idea with the fact that God created the human race and said that it was good, and with the fact that God came to earth in the human form of Jesus.

Body shaming should be shaming for the person doing the shaming, not the person they’re trying to bully.


About faithhopechocolate

I am now a junior sister in a religious order. The aim of this blog is partly to explain what is involved in this, and to journal my experiences as I move from the secular world to the religious life.
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10 Responses to Saw this on Facebook

  1. 1jaded1 says:

    I disagree, too. An evil mind is not determined by clothing choice.

    • Or by hair colour, skin colour, sexuality, gender, age, body modifications, accent, country of origin, political views, educational level, or anything else that causes prejudice.

  2. Holly says:

    Well said!

  3. I agree with you. The greatest thing you can do for someone is mind your own business. When are peeps going to stop telling other peeps how to dress? That could be the same young woman. It is FUN to wear different styles and experiment with clothes and hair. God is love. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Exactly. Plus, according to the creation stories, Adam & Eve went around naked. Which, using the “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” logic, means clothing is an abomination. I think God cares way more about what’s in our hearts than what’s on our bodies.

      • Ruby Tuesday says:

        My dear, darling grandfather, who passed away a couple of years ago at 95 (!), once told me a story about when he was young. One Sunday the priest found him walking in the opposite direction from church and asked where he was going. My grandfather told him he couldn’t go in because he didn’t have any nice clothes. The priest replied, “God doesn’t care what’s on your back, he only cares what’s in your heart.”

  4. Ruby Tuesday says:

    Good for you! Imagine how much better this world would be if we stopped shaming and criticizing and instead just tried to understand where those who express themselves differently were coming from. As you so wisely point out, we are all far more similar than we are different.

  5. Scott says:

    All the judgments that fly around so easily these days is despicable.

  6. Sue Thomason says:

    This is interesting. I think sometimes clothes do signal useful information about peoples’ values and lifestyle choices (says she, who suspects that her own style of dress tends to signal “all my other clothes are in the wash”). I would like to a) celebrate diversity and b) treat other people as I would like to be treated (i.e. kindly), but I don’t always manage this – usually because I’m feeling threatened/scared/defensive. I think modesty is currently a very unfashionable value, partly because it has become confused with a) sexual repression, and b) deliberate oppression, mostly of women by men. Modesty isn’t a women-only virtue! I think it’s useful to have dress codes which signal “I am on the pull/not on the pull”, and this only happens when “modest dress” is a free choice. Also, I will never forget my Sikh friend’s explanation of why she wore a dupatta (“It’s for flirting with”)…

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