Modesty = A Function of Context

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

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  1. A good reminder. I’ve gotten into arguments with folks on “modesty” before who claim that more “modern” Mennonite women are “immodest”… and a good trump card to use is to point out the problems Mennonite missionaries had in Puerto Rico, requiring the natives on the island to wear the cape dresses and suit coats in the middle of a tropical summer…

    …but, and I know this goes towards modesty culture and purity culture junk… we need to remember that same context when we make our decisions. Again, this is not to “blame the victim”, but as I pointed out in my article on Beyonce’s performance at the Super Bowl this past year, while Beyonce showed her strength and confidence as a woman, the cultural context of the Super Bowl with the sex trafficking cloud that hovers over that event adds information to it… No man should take Beyonce’s dress and movements as excuse to rape or abuse a woman. That is not right. But enflaming an already riled up audience may also not necessarily be the best thing.