Twitter backlash against Steph Curry’s wife might have been modesty shaming

On Saturday night, Ayesha Curry tweeted about the importance of dressing modestly, and it didn’t sit well with many on social media.

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  • Current NBA MVP Steph Curry is living the dream right now as his Golden State Warriors have had a record 22-0 start to the season. On Sunday Curry scored 28 points — 16 alone in the third quarter — after two straight games in which he scored 40 points.

  • Curry's wife, though, has had a rough go of things recently.

  • On Saturday night, Ayesha Curry tweeted about the importance of dressing modestly, and it didn't sit well with many on social media.

  • "It came off a little more like a harmless, if unsolicited opinion than it did a pointed chiding," said USA Today's For The Win sports blog. "It wasn't like she told any one person that she couldn't believe their parents let them leave the house like that. Nevertheless, a lot of people ripped Curry for dated views, coming after her and her opinions about what is and isn't classy directly on Twitter."

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  • Despite the negative reactions, some showed support for Curry, too.

  • Even her husband was surprised by the reaction. Steph Curry defended his wife, saying she was only expressing her clothing preferences and not casting judgment on anyone, For The Win reported.

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  • The backlash against Ayesha Curry and her tweets may be the latest example in "modesty shaming" or the pressure for women to "be more and more open with sexuality" and where people shame women "who align with more traditional behavior," according to Mic's Jordan Ecarma.

  • Ecarma brings up Selena Gomez as an example. Gomez was a Disney actress who said in the past that she felt pressure to be more proactive and open with her sexuality, even if it went against her beliefs of dressing modestly, Mic reported.

  • Another example, according to Ecarma, is Taylor Swift, who, despite her decision to embrace a pure and more wholesome lifestyle, is often called out for not being more open about her sexuality.

  • "'Modesty shaming' is a serious problem; women didn't fight for equality to be forced into another corner," Mic reported.

  • Teaching modesty can be difficult, though, since it inherently includes discussions about immodesty, which can lead to people body shaming immodest dressers, Christianity Today reported:

  • "Is there a way to take on the fashion industry, or Hollywood, or any aspect of our culture that sexualizes young girls, without vilifying the very bodies we are striving to protect? Is there a way to teach our daughters to be modest, without covering them in shame? How can we, as the Body of Christ, talk about modesty without demonizing women?"

  • The answer to that question is still unclear, but Lexi Herrick, a blogger for The Huffington Post, says it's best not to demonize a woman for wearing clothes in a different style than you. Rather, it's better to support a woman's choice to wear what she wants, as long as she feels comfortable with her own clothing decision and her own beauty, Herrick wrote.

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  • "We can't change society overnight, and so much time and money has already been allocated to superficial and shallow values that make us dangerously focused on appearance," Herrick wrote. "What we can change is the confidence that we have in our own perception of our bodies, and the way we choose to show that to others."

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret Digital Media.

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