Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Modesty Survey... Go ahead. Tell me I'm not modest.

It's the end of the semester and I've got a paper to finish before tomorrow, so this is an old post from my personal blog. Still fucking pisses me off.

The Modesty Survey

Does that piss anyone else off too? I'm glad to know they're taking the time to tell me what THEY'VE decided is immodest. Let me run out and change my wardrobe now.

47.5% of their all-male respondents chose agree or strongly agree to "A purse with the strap diagonally across the chest draws too much attention to the bust." How about 100% of me, myself and I say that a purse with the strap diagonally across the chest means I've never forgotten or lost my purse in the entirety of owning one, I don't have to worry about it being stolen, and it's more comfortable.

71% agree/strongly agree with "The lines of undergarments, visible under clothing, cause guys to stumble." You know what causes me to stumble? Teenage boys thinking it's their place to tell me what they have issues with in the way women dress.

63% agree/strongly agree that it's immodest for girls to reach into their shirts to adjust bra straps. Let's see you wear one and then complain about it being immodest to fix it.

I think the thing that pisses me off the most is the fucking presumption and audacity to do a whole survey of what specifically males think is immodest. Where's the partner survey on what girls think is immodest? I think being a prick is immodest, but no one's asking me to rate it on a 5 point scale. Other gems of this survey - conceived by two teenage guys (big suprise). The logo alone is infuriating. It's a white woman covering her the lower half of her face, suggesting that guys can go ahead and tell us what's not modest and we'll comply, but they sexualize and whitewash the image nonetheless. Go on head, fill out the survey and we'll hop right to, fixing our immodest lifestyles so you won't "stumble" anymore. Let's just cover ourselves right up so YOU don't have to worry about being tempted into sin. We can't have you wear a burqua, though, 'cause that's what the terrorists make their females wear.

I'm adequately pissed off now, thanksverymuch. I don't let teenage boys dictate my wardrobe anymore than I let George W. Bush dictate my politics.


JPR said...

A few considerations:

1) Consider the source: conservative Christians. Enough said?

2) Consider the aims of the survey, paraphrased in another part of the site: "for Christian guys to communicate to their sisters in Christ". If you don't happen to subscribe to that particular set of ideologies, then they're not talking to you.

Just a couple thoughts off the top of my head. It actually seems to be a fair representation of what the target sample group thought about the target subject. They're not trying to change anyone that doesn't subscribe to their beliefs, that I saw.

All the same, it's free speech that might be offensive, and thus is unsuitable for all audiences.

Andrew said...

Oh modesty and the Christian right. "God" sent me into this world naked screaming and covered in blood, and he will probably take me from it that way too.

Honestly, I wouldn't take that survey too seriously, as the power of the conservative right decreases every year as Conservative Christians drive more moderate people from their numbers by supporting backwards views on human rights, equality, and science.

Andrew said...

"The lines of undergarments, visible under clothing, cause guys to stumble."

OMG The Christian Right advocates thongs/going commando lol immature humor!

Amelia said...

I think JPR makes a good point about the source, but it is still aggravating that people believe these things. Nice to point them out.

Jen said...

These nutters would be horrified with how me and my close female friends greet each other. Sometimes, we hug and then begin madly snapping each other's bras gleefully. Other times we'll tell each other that our butts look nice in our pants and then pat each other's rumps.

Oh the ghastly horror. Allow me to not give a shit.

JPR said...

"These nutters would be horrified with how me and my close female friends greet each other"

Yup. And radicals from the Middle East make plans to blow us up every time THEY see that!

Lindsay said...

Although it is for-conservatives, by-conservatives, it does apply to me in a way. On some level, the title "sister in Christ" could be used to describe me.

I think the point I had an issue with is that some people have the audacity to tell other people "hey, don't do that. It makes me feel less moral."

margaret t said...

I am both conservative and Christian... but I disagreed with just about everything that was mentioned.

Anonymous said...

So, what do they expect a woman to do if their bra strap has fallen down? Am I supposed to excuse myself to the bathroom every time my bra is uncomfortable? Bathroom lines are long enough already.

Kind of ironic considering I see guys adjust themselves all the time in front of me.