I’m picking up on a multi-blog thread Bill Kinnon started with his article, “The People Formerly Known as the Congregation”, which several others have picked up on with variations to Pastors, Normal Christians, etc.
Here at the CBrunette and at Veiled Glory, I’ve had the recent upswing of modesty in North American women as one of my main shticks. So here it goes…
Let me introduce you to the Women Formerly Known as Sexy. There may be thousands of us, but we are scattered amongst you, like seeds of wheat.
We are the flesh and blood women of the Church and of the World. We’ve followed the trends of both entities with the utmost abandon…until now.
We visited the beauty parlor on Saturdays to get our hair done and our manicures and petticures for our nails, so to look sparkling fresh on Sundays. If we are pastor’s wives, this was expected. Heaven forbid you have a zit on your forehead to glare bright red under the stage lights! You are the First Lady of your church, after all.
Some of us spent a month’s rent on matching suits, hats, shoes, and a purse….to wear maybe three or four times. Some of us slathered make-up on our faces, hoping to look years younger or older or cover up that zit. We’ve forgotten what our original hair color was or is. We’ve fried our skin under tanning bed lights. Melanoma, here we come!
We bought magazines with scantily clad skinny girls on the covers to garner the latest fashion trends…which really didn’t fit our curvaceous bodies. We encouraged our daughters to follow our footsteps. Now we wonder why they are depressed and have an eating disorder.
All the while, you in the Church have remained silent on the subject…or even encouraging. You assuaged us with retreats on Inner Beauty or being Daughters of the King. You’ve published endless books and magazines that look squeaky spiritually clean but still gives us the same message: Look Sexy on the Outside to feel Beautiful on the Inside.
We were silently screaming for acceptance of our souls instead of our frail bodies.
The Women Formerly Known as Sexy have discovered a better way, an ancient path of modesty and sobriety. We’ve looked to Scripture, to the examples of our great-grandmothers, and to the saints for the signposts of this path. We’ve noticed our husbands and fathers are much happier with the results.
Many of the Women Formerly Known as Sexy have stopped visiting shopping malls and have chosen thrift stores instead for most of their clothing needs. We’ve even learned to sew, knit, or reconstruct the tattered shreds of Mass Produced Clothing into unique artful creations.
We’ve grown out our hair, whether white, grey or mousy, recognizing the glory given us. Some Women Formerly Known as Sexy have covered their hair in public as a sign of submission to God and their husband instead of Mammon.
We love Burt’s Bees or handmade soaps instead of petroleum-based Beauty in a Bottle. We have aprons and are unashamed to use them! Lots of us wear dresses or skirts to show we are women instead of androgenous Old Navy drones.
Women Formerly Known as Sexy are out there…but few and far between. Sometimes we like to congregate in craft shows or online in Yahoo groups or forums. In our local churches, it can be a lonely road being a Woman Formerly Known Sexy. Other Women still trying to be Sexy don’t like the lack competition for some reason.
We are out there…keep your eyes open for shinning, joy-filled faces and modestly dressed Women Formerly Known as Sexy.