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March 24, 2006



Thanks for finding this article. This is a frightening story for teachers and children and for people everywhere who value art, theatre, and literature.

As women who care about modesty we must think carefully about the tension between modesty and art. This story reflects an attitude that is probably present in much of the U.S.. We all agree that our immodest culture is damaging and destructive. But as we can see from this story, a too simplistic and reactionary response to immodesty can squelch creative expression and retard artistic development; the danger is that we will miss out on the enduring values and the celebration of the gift of language found in great works such as those by Shakespeare. I think we all know that there is a nuanced way to be pro-modesty, and I am glad to be a part of a group that is trying to navigate through those nuances rather than crush them.

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