Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fearlessly Feminine - The 7 Day Challenge

I've decided to do something quite different. I am participating in The 7 Day Modesty Challenge from Fearlessly Feminine. Here is what it is about:

The Challenge

The challenge is to wear only skirts/dresses for an entire week of seven days, and then post a photo of your outfits (head to toe) on your blog.

What is on the inside will show on the outside so dressing in a feminine manner in this way shows what we desire and strive for at heart. Why dresses and skirts, you ask? Dressing in a feminine manner doesn’t mean you must loose your respectability. It means you value your respectability and wish to honor to the Father and to yourself more than the whims of society.

The Goal Of The Challenge:

As the mission statement of Fearlessly Feminine says: to encourage, inspire, and challenging ladies to rediscover the treasure of dressing in a feminine manner. They ask us to do some evaluating of yourself at the end of the week and compare it to your regular way of dress.

Consider answering some of the following questions.

How was the experience for you?

Any particular stories?

Did wearing skirts rather than pants affect the way you felt?

The way you felt about yourself?

The way you acted?

The way you carried yourself?

Were you able to go about everyday activity as freely as pants?

How did people respond?

After the challenge do you desire to keep wearing skirts more regularly, or were you desperate to wear pants again?


So, I started the challenge today...and Kayley decided she wanted to do it too. (Although the kiddo wears dresses most of the time anyway-she loves them).

Day 1: Stay at home day. We homeschooled today and did some laundry.
Oh...and I blogged. LOL!
Yes, I really do need to lose about 30 pounds...painfully obvious in this self portrait of me. LOL. I was tempted to just take a pic of my clothes and then decided that I might as well put me on there and not worry about it. (Weight Watchers! I'm coming!)
OH, and yes, those are my fluffy socks and fluffy slippers. My tile floor is always so cold in the mornings!

So, even thought I know that I am no raving beauty (as in, me wearing tight pants probably doesn't turn any young mans head - unless he is gawking at my big butt and laughing about it with his friends)...I wanted to participate in this challenge anyway. I think it sets a good example to my girls and to others around me.

Wearing dresses and skirts is something that I have been thinking about for a long time. I have done a lot of scripture study on it and I have found a lot of interesting details/thoughts/opinions on it but not much by way of answers yet. It does tell us directly in the Old Testament (Deut 22:5) that a woman wearing a mans clothing is an abomination to the Lord. Does this necessarily mean pants?

Well, you tell me...do pants pertain to the man? or the woman?


Which restroom are you going to go into?
(No we are not in Scotland and that is NOT a guy in a Kilt on the right...
this is truly a universal sign of restroom symbols).


This will be an interesting week! I have a lot of stuff lined up in the blog queue that has to do with modesty, femininity and scriptural references. I love being a maverick. Being different is definitely one of the things I do best.

4 comments:

  1. I guess I have not seen you before you needed to loose the 30 lbs. cause you totally look fine to me.
    I am right there with you though. Definitely have some extra weight I am try to loose!
    I love to wear skirts. If I actually got dressed into "real" cloths and not just a t-shirt and basketball shorts, I would probably wear skirts more. When I was pregnant, I always wore skirts. Shorts, capris, and pants were never my choice as it was SO HOT, and I was needing to feel more feminine.
    I agree with this challenge. Amelia LOVES skirts and as it is getting cooler it is quite the challenge to convince her to wear pants. Maybe I shouldn't push for it and just let the girl rock the feminine look with dresses and skirts. :)

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  2. I really don't think you need to lose 30 lbs. Yet, I understand that sometimes it's important to do things just because we feel it important as an individual. Still just wanna let ya know that it's definitely not something ya need to do. :)

    As for what constitutes "mens clothing" that all depends on the culture in which a person is living. In the middle east for example both men and women wear robes but colors vary. Women also wear the hijab of course covering their hair, neck, throat.

    In the Pacific islands we find again that both sexes wear what we'd call a dress/skirt.

    It both of the above cultures it's vitally important to wear these items as it helps the body maintain a healthy body temp & prevents overheating.

    In colder climates among Innuit peoples in Siberia/Alaska/Canada we find that the dressing standards among the sexs is identical. Again it's a matter of keeping the body temperature regulated in a harsh environment.

    Also in the Asian cultures we find that both sexes wear similar clothing tradtionally with color & pattern being the only real difference.

    I guess the real question is what constitutes men's clothing in western culture. With the exception of a few cultures such as Scotland we find that traditionally women wore dresses and men pants. (Although let me just say so that I don't get in trouble... NEVER, EVER call a Scot's kilt a skirt. They are not skirts. :)

    In the modern Western culture mainstrem we identify the three piece suit & tuxedo as being men's attire that women simply do not wear while we consider skirts & dresses as something that men do not wear.

    of course there are people in the fringe who cross dress but that is not acceptable as a legitimate dressing practice within mainstream culture and there by can't be counted in consideration.

    As of today those are the only true variations between the sexes within Western culture. People of both sexes tend to dress comfortably in whatever way best suits their individual needs. As we saw the need for women to crossover into jobs that were traditionally held by men we found that they began to adapt their dressing style to suit their workplace environs. For instance women can't work wearing dresses inside a factory setting as the loose garment could easily become entangled in fast moving equipment resulting in catastrophic injury and even death. The same goes for women who began to operate farm equipment once it became mechanized. It's too dangerous to work around thrashers/hay bailers/etc... in a skirt so they changed their attire.

    When it all comes down I think it's a matter of being comfortably and functionally dressed that motivates a person. People wear what helps them best accomplish the tasks that must be accomplished in daily life and when we move over into our social lives where we can dress as we choose just for the sake of dressing with no need to take anything else into consideration then we find men in three piece suits & women in dresses.

    It's a very interesting topic to discuss. Thanks for blogging about it!!

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  3. I really don't think you need to lose 30 lbs. Yet, I understand that sometimes it's important to do things just because we feel it important as an individual. Still just wanna let ya know that it's definitely not something ya need to do. :)

    As for what constitutes "mens clothing" that all depends on the culture in which a person is living. In the middle east for example both men and women wear robes but colors vary. Women also wear the hijab of course covering their hair, neck, throat.

    In the Pacific islands we find again that both sexes wear what we'd call a dress/skirt.

    It both of the above cultures it's vitally important to wear these items as it helps the body maintain a healthy body temp & prevents overheating.

    In colder climates among Innuit peoples in Siberia/Alaska/Canada we find that the dressing standards among the sexs is identical. Again it's a matter of keeping the body temperature regulated in a harsh environment.

    Also in the Asian cultures we find that both sexes wear similar clothing tradtionally with color & pattern being the only real difference.

    I guess the real question is what constitutes men's clothing in western culture. With the exception of a few cultures such as Scotland we find that traditionally women wore dresses and men pants. (Although let me just say so that I don't get in trouble... NEVER, EVER call a Scot's kilt a skirt. They are not skirts. :)

    In the modern Western culture mainstrem we identify the three piece suit & tuxedo as being men's attire that women simply do not wear while we consider skirts & dresses as something that men do not wear.

    of course there are people in the fringe who cross dress but that is not acceptable as a legitimate dressing practice within mainstream culture and there by can't be counted in consideration.

    As of today those are the only true variations between the sexes within Western culture. People of both sexes tend to dress comfortably in whatever way best suits their individual needs. As we saw the need for women to crossover into jobs that were traditionally held by men we found that they began to adapt their dressing style to suit their workplace environs. For instance women can't work wearing dresses inside a factory setting as the loose garment could easily become entangled in fast moving equipment resulting in catastrophic injury and even death. The same goes for women who began to operate farm equipment once it became mechanized. It's too dangerous to work around thrashers/hay bailers/etc... in a skirt so they changed their attire.

    When it all comes down I think it's a matter of being comfortably and functionally dressed that motivates a person. People wear what helps them best accomplish the tasks that must be accomplished in daily life and when we move over into our social lives where we can dress as we choose just for the sake of dressing with no need to take anything else into consideration then we find men in three piece suits & women in dresses.

    It's a very interesting topic to discuss. Thanks for blogging about it!!

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  4. I really don't think you need to lose 30 lbs. Yet, I understand that sometimes it's important to do things just because we feel it important as an individual. Still just wanna let ya know that it's definitely not something ya need to do. :)

    As for what constitutes "mens clothing" that all depends on the culture in which a person is living. In the middle east for example both men and women wear robes but colors vary. Women also wear the hijab of course covering their hair, neck, throat.

    In the Pacific islands we find again that both sexes wear what we'd call a dress/skirt.

    It both of the above cultures it's vitally important to wear these items as it helps the body maintain a healthy body temp & prevents overheating.

    In colder climates among Innuit peoples in Siberia/Alaska/Canada we find that the dressing standards among the sexs is identical. Again it's a matter of keeping the body temperature regulated in a harsh environment.

    Also in the Asian cultures we find that both sexes wear similar clothing tradtionally with color & pattern being the only real difference.

    I guess the real question is what constitutes men's clothing in western culture. With the exception of a few cultures such as Scotland we find that traditionally women wore dresses and men pants. (Although let me just say so that I don't get in trouble... NEVER, EVER call a Scot's kilt a skirt. They are not skirts. :)

    In the modern Western culture mainstrem we identify the three piece suit & tuxedo as being men's attire that women simply do not wear while we consider skirts & dresses as something that men do not wear.

    of course there are people in the fringe who cross dress but that is not acceptable as a legitimate dressing practice within mainstream culture and there by can't be counted in consideration.

    As of today those are the only true variations between the sexes within Western culture. People of both sexes tend to dress comfortably in whatever way best suits their individual needs. As we saw the need for women to crossover into jobs that were traditionally held by men we found that they began to adapt their dressing style to suit their workplace environs. For instance women can't work wearing dresses inside a factory setting as the loose garment could easily become entangled in fast moving equipment resulting in catastrophic injury and even death. The same goes for women who began to operate farm equipment once it became mechanized. It's too dangerous to work around thrashers/hay bailers/etc... in a skirt so they changed their attire.

    When it all comes down I think it's a matter of being comfortably and functionally dressed that motivates a person. People wear what helps them best accomplish the tasks that must be accomplished in daily life and when we move over into our social lives where we can dress as we choose just for the sake of dressing with no need to take anything else into consideration then we find men in three piece suits & women in dresses.

    It's a very interesting topic to discuss. Thanks for blogging about it!!

    ReplyDelete

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