76: Modesty Was The Gateway Drug To Purity Culture

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If you’ve been eyeing a summer bikini and hoping no one from church sees you, this might be your episode. Most of us had a parent or pastor telling us what to wear before we ever heard about premarital sex. The “modesty” conversation embedded itself into Purity Culture dictating the length of shorts, width of straps, and what kind of swimsuit was ok. We go through the problems with how modesty was taught and end with What Do We Wear From Here? We talk about ethical fashion, the context for our clothes, what’s developmentally appropriate, and so much more.

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Show Notes:
Your modesty stories
70: 3 Mistakes People Make When Reading the Bible
75: I’m Queer and In the Church (Steph talks about modesty not just being about how much flesh you show, but also how feminine you are)
Whitney Bauck on Twitter and Instagram
If you care about fashion ethics, it’s time to start paying attention to Amazon warehouses by Whitney Bauck
44: Untangling Sexual Ethics Without Religion
Why the modest fashion trend isn’t going anywhere by Bim Adewunmi for Buzzfeed News
The co-opting of modest fashion by Yasmin Khatun Dewan for the New York Times
Dr. Celeste Holbrook
Dr. Celeste on Instagram, Facebook