Oregon Christian blogger gives up leggings to honor God and husband; sparks international debate

Veronica Partridge and family

Veronica Partridge and family


Oregon Live: Oregon wife and mom Veronica Partridge had no intention of causing a stir with her Jan. 5 blog post titled “Why I Chose to No Longer Wear Leggings.”
“I thought maybe 10 of my friends might read it,” she said.
Partridge, a 25-year-old Christian, felt conflicted about modesty, she writes in the post, and talked with her husband about whether or not leggings are appropriate as pants. He told her that it’s hard for him not to look at other women wearing the tight athletic wear. She wrote:

And at that moment, I made a personal vow to myself and to my husband. I will no longer wear thin, form-fitting yoga pants or leggings in public. The only time I feel (for myself) it is acceptable to wear them, is if I am in the comfort of my own home or if I am wearing a shirt long enough to cover my rear end. I also want to set the best example of how to dress for my daughter. I want her to know, her value is not in the way her body looks or how she dresses, but in the character and personality God has given her.
 
The blog post went viral after her husband, a self-described “serial entrepreneur” with a strong social media presence, shared the link with his online network, she said. Thousands around the world have read her post. Media outlets from The Huffington Post to Christianity Today to Good Morning America have picked up the story.

The attention has made Partridge uncomfortable. The Bend resident, burgeoning farmer and mother to one toddler said she is a “reserved” person that doesn’t like controversy. She didn’t write about her decision to stop wearing leggings in public to spark a debate, she said, but because she felt like God was calling her to share her story with friends. “If I had known it would get this much attention, I wouldn’t have posted it.”
Modesty and coverings are integral parts of many faiths. Many Muslim women cover their hair — as do some Orthodox Jews — and some Mormons wear sacred undergarments.
Nevertheless, critics have accused Partridge of “slut-shaming” and mocked her for prudishness.
“The type of faulty logic Partridge uses in her call for modesty is the exact same sort of faulty logic that places blame on the rape victim for dressing in a provocative manner,” Michael Stone wrote for Patheos, a website that hosts dozens of blogs about different religions.
But Bible scholars in the Portland area applaud Partridge’s thoughtfulness.
“I, personally, am always encouraged when both men and women make a conscious decision to reflect intentional outward modesty out of respect for others and for their own personal dignity,” said Rebekah Josberger, who teaches theology at Multnomah University.
Modesty isn’t a major theme in the Bible, said MaryKate Morse, a professor at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, but it is an important part of modern Christian life.
The Greek word translated today as “modesty” appears only twice in the Bible, Morse said. (The word appears in 1 Timothy 2:9 and 3:2.) The author of those passages was writing to the pastor at a new church where some women were displaying their wealth with gaudy hairstyles and extravagant jewelry, she said.
“It was disrupting worship and creating an environment where the wealthy were being elevated,” she said. “The writer was calling on them to all dress simply so worship could be done.”
Today, she said, modesty is about being an ambassador for God whether you’re a man or a woman. It’s about ensuring that your look communicates your values–whether that means covering cleavage or passing on a designer handbag. “It’s a larger conversation than just covering up your legs,” she said. “It isn’t our job to police the males, but it is our job to reflect God.”
There goes the tolerant types again…
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PatriotUSA
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Good for her and whether you agree or not, good for her. She has her reasons yet haters gotta hate. The world needs more like her and this couple.

I 53:5 Project
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Good for her.

Doc's Wife
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Doc's Wife

I will start by saying that I love to wear leggings with a long sweater or tunic. That said, our oldest is the media specialist at our local high school, and oh, the legging stories she can tell. These young girls wear the leggings that look like tights with a short top. It is vulgar and exposes everything God gave them. Even the skinny ones cannot tastefully pull off this look.

Dr. Eowyn
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What is wrong with PANTS? Leggings should be worn in the gym but not as outerwear, period. Women who wear leggings as outerwear should honestly ask themselves why — Why do they choose to mold every contour of their buttocks, pudenda, and thighs? How would women like it if MEN wear leggings that mold every contour of their buttocks, penis, testicles, and thighs?

MA in MO
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Sorry lame stream media, this lady will get a whole lot more positive support than negative support. God bless this woman for taking a stand. I totally support her and kudos to her husband for being ‘man enough’ to be honest with her. I wonder what the rape statistics would be if more women felt like this lady and more men would become man enough to say to the women in their lives “don’t wear that!” As far as those who think this is “slut-shaming” (a term I have never heard) maybe it is but I bet you have a… Read more »

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

good for her…these yoga tights or leggings are so thin and cheaply made, you can see through them…no modesty there

Tim Shey
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Have you guys heard of the revival in Indiana?
“Revival in Indiana”
https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/revival-in-indiana/

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Tim Shey
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I first read about this revival on the blog Gorges’ Grouse earlier today:
https://gorges-smythe.blogspot.com/2015/01/indiana-revival-report-day-11-link.html

briann2
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i can only agree with her … to many women think its ok to show themselves off and a man is not supposed to say-do-think (be human) with out being told how depraved or sexist they are….. well am i wrong ????

briann2
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but its ok fore them to show off there crotch and a man dam sure better not act or think like a human being……

Northerngirl
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Northerngirl

I like jeggings which are like jeans, the material is heavier and then like Doc’s wife said they are worn with long almost the the knee shirts and sweaters. Covers everything that a dress to the knees would.

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Not sure what the problem is, she said, it wasn’t for her and made no demands on others. She said she wants to set an example for her daughter and good for her. I am glad she is preaching some modesty, of which there is little these days.

Seumas
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Seumas

Far as this goes, I’d say good for the Lady, too few people are bucking the immodest clothing lines etc. Far as being prude or slut shaming goes, since when are these bad things? A slut doesn’t even charge money for their wanton self-destruction as the whore does, they shame themselves by their actions, it doesn’t take anyone else to do it for them… and as I understand it prude is some brittish slang that is intended to be slander to people of moral character, which is ridiculous because of the fact that immoral character needs to be looked down… Read more »

Thornye Rose
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WHY are people casting blame on an item of clothing, when its the human arrangement of such that’s at fault? Nowhere in her post does she even state how she wore the leggings. I wear mine as legwarmers under pants all winter. What kind of fault is to be found with that?

Matthew
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I’m glad a woman finally woke up. I’ve been complaining about the way modern women dress on my blog for a while now, but many women are so arrogant, self-righteous, and foolish on this issue.
I think women and men should both dress modestly. It’s not a sexist issue. It’s only women who make it a sexist issue because they are the ones who choose to show off their bodies most of the time. If guys walked around in tight T-shirts, I think they should stop doing that too.

Vicente San Martin
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Well first let me say to each their own on what he or she wears Leggings or spandex i can agree if a person dose wear them yeah some one is going to lust after you and look at you not as a person but as a sex toy of some type but the only thing is when you or lets us say running or at the gym i feel spandex or leggings would be fine to wear but let me say this I wear spandex and i have no plans to stop wearing them