Thursday, August 07, 2008

New "Maidens for Modesty" Picture

Maidens for Modesty

A year ago, Miriam and I published a post that outlined a list of what we believe as "Maidens for Modesty" and included a button that you could add to your sidebar to show your support. So many responded, with over 70 blogs now displaying the button. It's been wonderful to see the support!

What started quite small, with us just wanting to have a picture for people to display on their sidebar, grew bigger as we added a directory to the post for people who displayed the button to connect. It's been fun to see all of the different blogs!

While most people really liked the picture, which invokes a beautiful memory of eras gone by, others thought it was too old-fashioned to properly portray what modesty should look like in this day and age. When I chose the picture, I was using it because I liked how it looked, and thought it very pretty and "maidenly". Plus, I do have a more old-fashioned taste then some people, though I certainly don't wear dresses like those in the picture every day. :) However, I can see where others are coming from, so we finally took the time to take another picture that can be displayed to support modesty.

Maidens for Modesty

I will edit the original post to include this picture, so that each person can choose whichever one they'd like to display if they want to display one. We hope the two pictures will give everyone more choice and variety.

We also realize how hard it can be to try to depict modesty by just one picture. This new picture is in no way the only way to picture modesty, no more then the other one was. But, I'll try to explain the reasons we chose this one.

We like the view from the back, as it doesn't connect the image to a particular person by being able to see faces. Skirts are quite pretty and more fun to take pictures in, though some kinds of pants can be modest as well, just as some kinds of skirts can be immodest. The different length sleeves and shirt colors add fun variety, while the matching skirts tie us together. I know that before, some have objected that the long hair is too stereotypical, but as we both have long hair, it's hard to take a picture that shows both long and short. =) Please understand that we don't in any way think that you have to have such long hair in order to be modest - we just happen to like ours that way. =) We left it down because it's more pretty that way, and braids or buns could convey a stereotypical picture just as easily as long hair could.

In the end, you just have to remember that no one picture can convey what modesty looks like. Indeed, modesty is more of an attitude, though one that is certainly conveyed through what we wear.

If you'd like to switch your button to this one, that's fine; if you want to keep the other one, that's fine as well. If you want to display both of them, go right ahead. :) To add either one of the buttons, just copy the code in the box and paste it in your sidebar html code, and it should work. Then, let us know so that we can add your blog to the directory! If you've added the button and don't see your blog on the list of supporters, please email or comment and we'll get yours added.


Anonymous said...

I like it! I think I'll go ahead and put the new one on, since it coordinates better with the colors on my blog. Thanks so much for what you're doing to promote modesty.

Maria Pauline

Anonymous said...

BTW, thanks for switching my link in the new directory to my new site, but there is a minor mistake in it if you don't mind looking at that. I think you put in a few too many https

Maria Pauline

Ella said...

You know, I like this one, but I loved the old one. Perhaps it is because Jen is in it, I don't know!!

It is the same with everything. People can get too jumpy when they see things in reference to modesty. I know that the original photo was in no way stating that long hair and old-fashioned dresses are the only way to be modest!!

Lana said...

I really like both! I love the long hair I think it is very pretty. How long has it taken to get it that length. My hair is between my chin and shoulders. My husband has requested I grow it out. It is taking forever! I am just in the past month or so been looking into modesty scriptures and feeling called to dress more modestly. I was raised if you got it flaunt it. Which caused a lot of problems for me. I have two very precious girls that I want to set a good example for them. I love your blog even though I am a bit older and married it is nice to have a point of reference in this new endeavor of mine. Thank you so much! Lana

Miss Serenity said...

I love the new picture! I liked the other one too, but this one really got me. :)

You ladies are such and encouragement to me. It's good to see other girls standing for the Lord!


Sammybunny said...

Thanks for the new button! I have just added it to my blog! You ladies are doing a wonderful thing with all of this! Blessings!

PoetLady said...

You said:

"brains or buns could convey a stereotypical picture just as easily as long hair could."

It's true, having brains always makes people stereotype you. It's just not the fashion to have brains anymore:)

I'm teasing you, you have a typo you might want to fix...:)

Your sister,

Zoe said...

I love the new picture! Both are good though. :)

Anna Naomi said...

Maria Pauline: Yes, the new one does look pretty with your colors! Thanks for noticing your messed-up link - I've changed it.

Ella: Yes, I did like the fact that there were 3 in the old picture, for it gives more a group feel. But, since there was just Miriam, I, and Jubilee (who took the picture) here when we took this one, we could only have two.

Lana: I had short hair (chin to shoulder length) until I was 12, when I could finally grow it out. I've trimmed it a few times to keep it healthy, and my hair doesn't grow as fast as Miriam's. I don't really know how long it took to get that long... maybe a year or 6 months? It depends on the length it was to begin with.

Miss Serenity: Thank you for the comment and encouragement!

Sammybunny: I'm adding you to the list! =)

Maria: Oops! That was a horrid typo! Thanks for letting me know. My fingers type too fast sometimes, I didn't catch the word, since it was spelled right, just not the word I was trying to use!

Sweet Charity said...

I love the new picture! I can read the words better on my laptop than I can the other one. You both have beautiful hair by the way.

Mia said...

I like the new picture! :)
I've decided to keep the older one however, becuase the "old fashion" look seems to co-ordinate better with my blog (since I have antique/vintage pictures)


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Garden girl Jo said...

Maidens for Modesty,
Thanks for such an inspiring and refreshing blog. I am a mother of 3 young girls and the Holy Spirit has recently been stirring my heart on the issue of modesty & being feminine. I was glad to come across your blog. I added your badge to my blog:
I am currently undergoing a "2 weeks in a dress challenge" (which I have posted about on my blog) and praying about what God desires for my attire to be.
Blessings to you.

shroutMommy4 said...

Thank you for this! I praise God for young women like you who choose to stand up for the Lord! I am a mother to four children, three of whom are girls. The Lord has been tugging on my heart for me and my girls to live a life more pleasing to Him by dressing more modestly. We are getting there and it is wonderful to have support from your example and that of others of like mind :-) Thank you for your hearts that are dedicated to Him!
I added your button to my blog:
Keep up the good work and may the Lord continue to bless you in your efforts! -Elissa

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to have found your blog! This coming April will mark a year since the Lord began transforming my heart into the Christian, ladylike one He wanted me to have. It's not easy to uphold my modest standards at seems my family & friends are mostly concerned by what it looks like on the outside, rather than (like y'all said) what it really is on the inside. The posts I've read so far have been such encouragement to me! I added the button--thanks for all you're doing for Christ & keep it up!

Your Sister in Christ,

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Anna Naomi said...

Jennaninah: The easiest way to add it to blogger is go to your blogger homepage, click on "layout" then click on "add a gadget." Choose "html/java script" and paste in the code for the picture. Then hit save, and it should show up on your sidebar! To arrange where it is, just drag and drop the gadget with it where you want it on the sidebar as you edit the layout.

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Ma ~ said...

I love this, thanks!

Emmie Beth said...

I just found your blog through another blog and I am extremely encouraged by this. I cannot wait to share it with my younger sisters and hope they will read it and encourage them. I tried to put the older picture on my blog and it continuously told me it had illegal characters and then told me it was broken. I am not good with these things so if you have a good way of me being able to put it on my site that would be great! I know they recently changed things on blogger so it may be related to that. May God bless you as you minister to other women.