Thursday, August 07, 2008
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.
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.
Posted by Anna Naomi at 10:23 AM