God Says, Keep Those Thighs Covered, Ladies

modesty check

Snark ahead! You have been warned.

The Bible says in Isaiah 47:2,3:

Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man.

See, ladies? Right there in the King James Bible it says it is a sin to uncover your thighs. It does? Yes, just read carefully between the lines and run it through an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist filter and then you’ll see THE truth!

I found the following graphic in an article written by Daphne Kirkland titled, A Return to Biblical Modesty. It is linked to from Fairhavens Baptist Church, a Fundamentalist group located in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The church is pastored by Bob Kirkland, so I assume the writer of the aforementioned article is a family member, his wife perhaps?

dressing modestly

Time to clean out your closets, ladies. Get those thighs covered NOW lest God strike thee dead. Bruce, my thighs are completely covered — with pants. Oh my Gawd, you whore. Pants are for men, not women. Deuteronomy 22:5 says:

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

Enough said, right? The Big Man hath spoken. Time to get out your culottes (Baptist shorts), maxi-dresses, and feed sacks. No sexy for you, girl.

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3 Comments

  1. ObstacleChick

    I HATE HATE HATE these gender-based modesty clothing rules. Somebody has a LOT of time on their hands to go about compiling these charts complete with accompanying cherry-picked Bible verses to use as backup.

    The first time I was exposed to something like this was 6th grade at my fundamentalist Christian school. Our health & phys ed teacher who doubled as middle school science teacher began our health & phys ed curriculum with info about hygiene and dress. Our school had a strict dress code, more strict for girls of course than for boys. 6th grade was when they really started enforcing it for girls. I don’t remember diagrams, but we students had to model in front of each other how to check ourselves for skirt length while bending over, sitting, how to sit properly as diagrammed above, and checking our tops when we raised our arms or bent over. There wasn’t a collarbone rule, but no bra straps were to be showing, nothing was to be see-through, tops had to have sleeves, and you weren’t supposed to see armpits during any sort of motion. She also made us take our measurements (height, weight, bust, hip, waist, etc.) and told us that the perfect female ratio was for the bust and hip measurements to be equal with waist measurement exactly 10 inches smaller (think 36-26-36). She asked us to raise our hands if any of us had the perfect measurements (and at 11 and 12 years old, none of us did but some of the more vain girls lied). Looking back, that’s when I started feeling bad about my body. For the record, I have NEVER had that perfect ratio – my body type isn’t that way – but I have NEVER forgotten it.

    But back to the dress rules – girls would be sent home for dress code violations (to be fair, boys were sent home for their hair being too long because they had specific rules with a diagram for that). We girls were also monitored for how we were sitting in class – and would be called out for sitting inappropriately. It was abundantly clear that girls were responsible for keeping their bodies covered at all times and for not wearing anything too tight so as to be thought “sexy”, and we were taught this starting at age 11. ELEVEN. Because 11-year-olds are sooooo voluptuous and sexy.

    Before going on our Senior class trip to Florida, the girls had to bring in each one-piece bathing suit that we planned to bring on the trip and model before our female principal, a female teacher, and the female school secretary who recorded a list of each swimsuit description by each girl’s name. We were only to bring the approved swimsuits on the trip. We also were given a packet as to what casual clothing was allowed, including length of shorts, types of tops (nothing sleeveless, how long shorts needed to be, etc…).

    I had body image issues for years and years (and at age 48 I still do to a lesser extent). I have NEVER told my daughter that ridiculous measurement ratio because I didn’t want to infect her with that. (I still have no idea why that teacher made us measure ourselves….) After I graduated from that school, I didn’t wear a dress/skirt for about 2 years except when I had to for church. After that, I bought some mini-skirts and a (gasp) 2 piece swimsuit. Now I wear pretty much what I damn well please.

    This type of thing is DAMAGING to young girls. It teaches us that our bodies are somehow shameful and sends the implicit message that we are at fault if guys ogle us, molest us, attack us, make lewd comments, etc. It’s hard to get over this deep-seated programming.

    And I know it’s been awhile since I took biology class, but isn’t that a kneecap and not a thigh?

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  2. Troy

    I’d like to point out that the dictionary definition from the knee to the hip should be read as exclusive not inclusive. The thigh does not include the kneecap just as it does not include the hip.
    Another point is the absurdity of bolstering “God’s word” with a dictionary.

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  3. Rachel

    So God apparently saw fit not to do anything about the Holocaust but he is going to be LIVID if a young woman’s neckline is “too low”? Right. That’s a God I really want to have a close personal relationship with. (Snark.)

    The guidelines above would be funny but. . .ObstacleChick, you are right: this kind of thing is deeply, deeply damaging. “The perfect female form”? My teenage niece is currently in the throes of anorexia, desperately anxious about perfection, being the best etc (not because she has received this kind of indoctrination) and part of the job of her family and the professionals involved with her care is to encourage her towards a mindset which says ” I don’t have to be perfect. I am okay as I am.”

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