Monitoring Modesty

I stumbled upon an interesting survey the other day called The Modesty Survey. The website describes it as an exciting, anonymous discussion between Christian guys and girls who care about modesty.”

Apparently hundreds of Christian girls contributed to the 148-question survey and over 1,600 Christian guys submitted 150,000+ answers, including 25,000 text responses.

Turns out you ladies aren’t allowed to wear miniskirts or halter-tops, but you can get away with decorative stitching on your pockets.

I think I get the point of this… but I do have one bone to pick. It seems a bit one sided. It communicates that modesty is something which pertains to only girls and immodesty is something that guys get to define. It almost seems to allow men to blame their “lustful minds” on women and their “immodest” dress instead of challenging them to “renew their mind.”

I may totally regret opening this can of worms but I think this is an important conversation.

What responsibility do you think women have when it comes to what they wear? Is it possible for us to get to legalistic about this?

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Pete Wilson
Pete Wilson is the founding pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and author of a new book entitled Plan B, his thoughts about what to do when life doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would. He is a frequent blogger on his popular ministry blog, WithoutWax.tv. Pete is married and has three sons.