Is Modesty Making You Ashamed of Your Body?

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by Margie Wilson-Mars

A few months ago, I wrote about a small group from the LDS Church that made a stand for women to be able to wear pants to Church. The thing is, lots of women, including me, wear pants to Church on occasion, and no one gives a hoot. I thought the entire thing was absurd, unnecessary and frivolous. Well, in hindsight that was nothing. Now there’s a group of women from my Church who want to make a new stand. This group, like the last, won’t get much support, not only because it’s a non-issue but because I believe they’re very misguided, not to mention out of their minds..

*Mormon Women Bare is the brainchild of Salt Lake City photographer Katrina Barker Anderson. Katrina is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints (LDS) who believes taking pictures of female members in the nude is a good thing. “For the women who chose to be photographed, this act of artistic expression helps them reclaim their bodies while protesting a system that has told them they must remain covered and careful.” It’s wrong to “remain covered and careful”? Reclaim their bodies from what? Modesty. Yes…that darned modesty is harming the women of the LDS Church and certainly modest women of other religions are suffering, too. On a serious note, while this is about a small group of Mormon women, it’s also about the teachings of the Bible.

Alright, so according to this group, the modesty standards of the LDS Church are too strict. Katrina told the *Daily Mail that she got the idea for Mormon Women Bare after reading several tales of modesty woe. One involved a school girl who was “shamed” by a friend for not wearing tights under her skirt. “Why has the modesty culture of the LDS church gotten so extreme in the past few years and what can we do about it,” she asked. Wearing tights under a skirt is “extreme”? How many of us remember having our skirts lifted by bratty boys in grade school? I sure do.

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