Sometimes, I (Brooklyn) refuse to write something out of the fear of it becoming controversial.
I have this underlying hope that I’ll be liked by everyone, and that everyone will agree with what I have to say. But I know that’s false because, no matter how true my words are, there will always be opposition.
And I can’t do anything about that.
But what I can do is share the truth with you.
So here I am, girls. I want to share one valuable (and controversial) truth with you.
You don’t have to get naked to become empowered.
No, I’m not an old hag trying to get you to wear turtlenecks and ankle-length skirts.
I’m a seventeen year old trying to tell you that your bodies are valuable. They are absolutely amazing. Hand-crafted.
The fact that you girls have bodies like you do is a very powerful thing itself. Your lovely figure is admired. You can create and nourish human life. Your body goes through so much, and God created you so uniquely.
But undressing decreases that value. It objectifies you, and trains others to see you as nothing but eye-candy. It automatically lowers the amount of respect that people feel the need to give you. It invites eyes to feast on your body and give you negative attention.
The results of undressing yourself for others to see never increases empowerment, no matter how much culture paints the picture that it does. While it might make you feel free and valued, in the end you’re only decreasing the beauty, mystery, and value of your body.
Staying dressed is what brings value and empowerment. It demands the respect of others because, when we respect ourselves, we automatically encourage it from those around us. It places value on your body because it’s not something that everyone sees. When we uncover ourselves for everyone to see, the value is significantly decreased because, well… everyone has seen it. Modesty reveals that you have dignity for yourself.
And that, my friend, is empowerment.
I don’t want you to believe that you have to do what everyone else is doing to become worthy of respect. 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “for you were bought with a price, so glorify God with your body.”
Ladies, Christ bought you. You belong to the King. Treat your body like you’re someone worthy of respect, because you are.
Don’t buy the lie that you need to get naked to become empowered. It’s so far from true.