I'm sure you must have wondered at times why there's so little counterculture vis a vis upholding modesty; why there are so few forums, such as this blog, that promote intelligent discussion on the subject?
I'll tell you what I think, and I'd love to hear your own thoughts.
I think that among the gods of modern society--along with money and sex--is "openness". The dream of the “global village”, the aura of the Internet, the incessant demand for ever-greater transparency in organizations, all represent an erosion of boundaries.
The erosion of boundaries applies to virtually every facet of life. In the past, a date was a date. There was a clear, defined purpose. Today, young men and women in colleges and universities just “hang out” together: they may or may not have sex, and in either case increasingly refer to themselves as "just friends". The family too is ambiguous. When two unrelated women co-habit, are they a family? What if they're lesbians?
Consider work: The nine-to-five job is becoming increasingly antiquated. So is shopping. So is eating out. We live 24/7.
Then there's the boundary between what is private and what is public. Paparazzi and the tabloids try to satisfy our presumed need to know what celebrities eat for breakfast, how much money they spend on vacations, how much weight they lost (or gained) in the past three months, their favorite colors--you get the point. And this is not to mention disclosure of more intimate matters.
In a real sense, our clothes act as a clear boundary: everything underneath is in the private domain, and everything on the outside is in the public domain. By shedding our clothes, we're getting rid of this boundary, we're declaring that it's not necessary.
To do otherwise would be to go against the Western ideal of "openness" that so many of us have thoughtlessly/foolishly bought into.