on modesty

17 Aug

i try not to get on a high horse very often, but this is the internet – and i feel that i am entitled to my opinion. (this is a little bit hypocritical, since i often am very judgmental towards other people’s opinions on the internet, but oh well, i shall continue!)  

i understand that my peers and i are technically adults. we are out of high school, we are of a legal age to vote, and we are part of the work force. but some of my peers do not act like adults. specifically what i mean is that i don’t feel like a lot of my peers and friends are respecting themselves. 

my dad taught me a very important lesson when i was younger, although he might not realize what an impact he made on my world view. when we lived in texas, i was in 5th grade, and we were on the way to my swim team’s award ceremony. older girls at that time were wearing belly-revealing shirts, and, like any little girl, wanted to be cool like them. so i rolled up my shirt to show my belly too. (for the record, i’ve only worn a belly shirt one other time, when i was 22, to hershey park, and they didn’t allow me in the park without wearing a full sized shirt, which was very embarassing lol) so i went down to the back door where my family was gathering before we headed out to the garage. my dad looked at me, told me we wouldn’t leave the house with me looking like that, and reminded me to “look like a lady.” 

my whole life has been molded by those words – to be a lady. i’ve actually never worn a mini skirt, and if i’m wearing a relatively short skirt – i always wear tights or leggings under it. my rule of thumb when buying a dress is that i have to be able to bend over (in order to pick someone up of of the floor) without my undies showing. that’s just me though.

i’m not trying to dictate the way people should dress, but i think that people should put a little more thought in the way they are representing themselves and if they really are respecting themselves and their bodies. because when it comes down to it, first impressions do matter – sometimes they are all that you get. and who are you impressing really, if you run around in your underwear? someone that really values your personality and lasting qualities? or simply your body – which unfortunately won’t last in all it’s glory for very long. 

i choose modesty and self respect. and thankfully, so does emma watson!!

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“i find the whole concept of being ‘sexy’ embarrassing and confusing. if i do an interview with photographs people desperately want to change me – dye my hair blonder, pluck my eyebrows, give me a fringe. then there’s the choice of clothes. i know everyone wants a picture of me in a mini-skirt. but that’s not me. i feel uncomfortable. i’d never go out in a mini-skirt. it’s nothing to do with protecting the hermione image. i wouldn’t do that. personally, i don’t actually think it’s even that sexy. what’s sexy about saying, ‘i’m here with my boobs out and a short skirt, have a look at everything i’ve got?’ my idea of sexy is that less is more. the less you reveal the more people can wonder.” 
-emma watson

so if you were ever wondering how i feel about how you should present yourself, now you know! i want to be valued and admired for my inner self, not anything else.

xoxo,
annie

 

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