Teaching modesty to our youth

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Over at By Common Consent, Rebecca J, posts about recent statements from church leaders to teach the youth about modesty.

For example:

“Girls might not recognize that the physical display they create when they dress immodestly affects boys more than it does them. Help children, especially daughters, understand that attracting someone of the opposite sex solely by physical means does not create a lasting relationship.” (Silvia H. Allred, Ensign, July 2009, 33)


“And young women, please understand that if you dress immodestly, you are magnifying this problem by becoming pornography to some of the men who see you.” (Dallin H. Oaks, General Conference, April 2005)

Rebecca adds her own addenda:

Young men, you must likewise be considerate of the young women. Do not smile at them or treat them with particular kindness or affection, lest they get the idea that they are ’special’ or–more gravely perilous–that you are in love with them. Please be aware that if you exhibit charming and thoughtful behavior while simultaneously practicing good hygiene, you could very well become ‘walking pornography.’ Under these circumstances even the best, most valiant young woman may be tempted to make sexual advances toward you.


Young women, if you choose to dress immodestly, please be aware that it isn’t just that cute guy in the Priests’ quorum ogling your breasts and thighs. It’s also all the ugly ones, their pimple-faced twelve-year-old brothers, and their fat, balding forty-something-year-old fathers. That’s right. EW.

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