Is modesty a lost cause? The Rebelution doesn’t think so. This teen movement (seeking to “rebel” against low expectations) released the results of their “Modesty Survey.” This survey is meant to be a conversation between Christian men and women about the subject of modesty. Over 200 Christian girls submitted their questions. In less than twenty days, over 1,600 Christian guys (12 and up) responded.
The survey results represent men across the spectrum. Christian teenagers (ages 12-19) provide the largest sampling of any age group, with the average age for survey participants amounting to 22.4 years. There was also a marked solidarity of majority opinion across the education spectrum (home schooled, private school, public, etc.).
If you are a girl who is curious about what guys think regarding modesty, I recommend you peruse the survey results. Here are some highlights:
- 97.4% of guys say that girls can dress attractively without being immodest. The vast majority strongly agreed with this statement.
- 91.5% of guys say despite rampant immodesty all around us, girls who choose to dress modestly do make a difference.
- 95.4% of guys say that modesty is an important quality for their future wife to have.
- 75.6% of guys say that they have less respect for an immodest girl than for a modest one.
In addition, the survey results include thoughts on a variety of clothing options for women: form-fitting clothes, workout clothes, cleavage, swimsuits, bra straps, undergarments, midriffs, camisoles, spaghetti-straps, jeans, skirts, makeup, and a variety of other things. Comments were made about posture and movement. You can also read hundreds of comments from guys answering questions like, “If you could say one thing to your sisters in Christ about modesty, what would it be?” and “What is the primary difference between something that is attractive and something that is immodest?”
I highly encourage any young ladies to take advantage of resources on The Rebelution website. You’ll find a statement from John Piper, “The Purpose of Clothing,” and an article by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, “Free to Be Modest.”