This is wonderful. A resounding ‘yes’ to it entirely. Lovely friends, read this and take it to heart.
“It takes a humble, redeemed woman changed by God to admit the ugliness of her sin and rest in her beauty in Christ. We must repent of our pride, our shame, our obsession with our looks. We must believe and embrace who God made us to be: beautiful in his image. True beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ.”
“A woman who fears the Lord is one who, despite her desire for a date, fears being far away from God more than she does missing out on a man who is easily fooled by her exterior.”
“Even Kohl’s department - not exactly edgy - features padded push-up bras with flirty patterns in its girls’ “first bra” section. Shops catering to preteens already sell double-A, padded push-up bras, a product which is inherently puzzling. Why is there any need to show “breasts” at an age when a girl isn’t even beginning to develop? The answer is that being a child is no longer a valid excuse not to be sexualized.”—
Shalit, Wendy. Girls Gone Mild:Young Women Reclaim Self-Respect & Find It’s Not Bad to Be Good. Random House; New York. 2007. (pg. xx - xxi)
I wore padded bras throughout high school trying to convince others and MYSELF that my breasts were bigger than they actually are. In my college years I have finally come to realize (not without the occasional but passing moment of dissatisfaction) that there is no “better” size of breast, small or large, and that allowing media and society and corporations govern our minds concerning gland-lumps on our chests (or any aspect of body image) is a huge gorram waste of time. It is a daily struggle against the machine, but I say that struggle is wellworth my time.
so my roommate and best friend is a pharmacy major and worked at a pharmacy in her small hometown this summer and tonight she told me that one time when she was working, her neighbor, your average nice married middle-aged man, came in while she was working to fill his prescription for erectile dysfunction medicine
“I always picture Wes wandering into a consignment shop in New England and having a seizure after he spots the collectible 1940s ceramic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a lighthouse and a schooner.”—
Libby Gelman-Wexner, Entertainment Weekly 8/31/2012