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How We Dress our Young Women
How We Dress our Young Women
11/08/2012

Dear Dr. Laura,

As I start writing this email, I feel like I'm composing a letter to a lifelong friend because I've been listening to you for so long and you have helped me so much in my life. In fact, I spoke with you a few years ago when you did your Valentine's Day show. I called in to share a story with you about how, after a long race, my husband swam through shark infested waters to bring me a Diet Coke. I first thanked you in that call and said, "Just like the man that tried to save the starfish after a storm, you have picked me up several times and rescued me." It is a perfect analogy for how I feel about you.

Your recent opening on your program about how we dress our young women, made me think a lot. I listened for a long time and felt like I needed to write and share my thoughts. I was raised in a family where morality was taught. It was easy for me to understand the importance of living a moral and virtuous life because my religion gave me and my family guidelines to follow.

Each young man and women in our church is given a booklet called, "For the Strength of Youth." We are all encouraged to read this booklet and live by its guidelines. I would like to share part of it with you so that you can stand taller knowing there is a large army of youth striving daily to live moral and virtuous lives.

It reads:

"Your body is sacred. Respect it and do not defile it in any way. Through your dress and appearance, you can show that you know how precious your body is. You can show that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ and that you love Him...When you are well groomed and modestly dressed,...you can be a good influence on others. Your dress and grooming influence the way you and others act.

Never lower your standards of dress. Do not use a special occasion as an excuse to be immodest. When you dress immodestly, you send a message that is contrary to your identity as a son or daughter of God. You also send the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval.

...The fashions of the world will change, but God's standards will not change."

Dr. Laura, thank you for your integrity and for all you do to keep children and families in this world safe.

Thanks again,

Rebecca

Tags: Attitude, Modesty, Morals/Ethics/Values, Religion, Response to a Comment, Self-esteem, Stay-at-Home Mom, Teen fashion, Teens, Values
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