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High-school freshman Saige Hatch was sick of seeing her peers revealing too much skin when she came to school each day.

PHOTO: Saige Hatch, 15, holding the proclamation to enforce "Modesty Week" in the city of South Pasadena on Dec. 5 with members of her high school's Modesty Club.The 15-year-old saw midriff-grazing tops, exposed cleavage, short shorts.

“From elementary to middle school, and then to high school, I noticed immodesty,” she told ABCNews.com. “I really wanted to start a club to bring awareness to it and bring remembrance to what modesty is.”

Inspired by her brother’s No Cussing Club, Hatch started the Modesty Club at South Pasadena High School in South Pasadena, Calif., in September to bring attention to her cause.

“A shift is coming, sneaking through the literal fabric of our culture,” read a statement on the club’s website. “Our bright heroic women are being made the fool. A fool to think that to be loved they must be naked. To be noticed they must be sexualized. To be admired they must be objectified.”

While South Pasadena High School has a dress code that requires students to cover the “range of skin from armpit to ‘The Bottom Line,’” defined as “a hand’s width below the bottom of the buttocks,” Hatch is crusading for a more traditional definition.

She said she views immodest dress as showing cleavage, showing one’s midriff or one’s shoulders. Immodesty also includes shorts, dresses, pants and skirts that are too short or tight, she said.

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  1. no-mo-obamy

    December 8th, 2012

    If I was known as fatty-boombalatty in high school, I’d want to cover up also.

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  2. Serious Putty

    December 8th, 2012

    Can we see some pics of what she is protesting?
    Oh Wait– kiddie p*rn.

    Never mind.

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  3. MaryfromMarin

    December 8th, 2012

    What’s wrong with this? She’s entitled to her opinion, and isn’t forcing anyone to do anything. And modesty is a good thing, even a virtue.

    I applaud her for speaking out. This is one of the reasons for cherishing the 1st Amendment.

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  4. Nutjob

    December 8th, 2012

    I halfway agree MfM.

    With the way some of these girls dress like hookers, the gang insignia and underwear showing….good for her.

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  5. Bad Brad

    December 8th, 2012

    The local Starbucks at 6:30 to 7:00 looks like a freaken under aged porn show. Their parents either allow it, of the kids change clothes after dropped off. Even at that age they will get what they deserve.

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  6. jclady

    December 8th, 2012

    @Nutjob — don’t know what you mean by “halfway agreeing”.

    I came along at a time where, from first grade through 9th grade, girls were not allowed to wear pants to school.

    Then, in my sophomore year of high school, we were allowed to wear “nice slacks or pants suits” during winter quarter only.

    No one (boys or girls) were allowed to wear jeans.

    By the time I graduated two years later, everyone was wearing anything and everything. Hip-hugger jeans with halter tops, cut off muscle shirts with tight-fitting jeans, “hot pants”, etc.

    Believe me, the people that wore the least had the worst reputations, and there was a definite shift in “school spirit” — which I also equate to national patriotism.

    The ACLU has decided that schools cannot have dress codes unless the entire district votes for uniforms. So which is it — anything goes and there is no sense of personal pride or respect for self (which follows the dotted line to respect of community and country) or everyone dresses the same and is in lockstep with the authority?

    Personally, I applaud this girl and encourage her to get her message out. Decency is the difference between a lady and a ho.

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  7. Plain Jane

    December 8th, 2012

    As a mother of two boys and grandmother of a bunch of grandsons, I’d love to see more modesty in dress.

    People usually act as they are dressed.

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  8. Nutjob

    December 8th, 2012

    jclady,
    I should’ve say I agree totally, my bad.

    I’m against being told how to dress, but a proper dress code in school is badly needed.
    The reason why some schools have had to go to uniforms.
    I’m all for freedom of speech and expression but because of the ACLU, its been turned upside down.
    As far as I’m concerned while in school the only rights they should have is for an equal, safe and proper learning opportunity.
    School isn’t about a statement, its about learning.
    On the reverse side I also think its quite hypocritical of the ACLU who are supposed to be all about personal statements and freedom of speech until a student, not a school sanctioned official, wants to say a prayer at graduation on a commencement speech and then suddenly the ACLU is against personal civil liberties.

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  9. SgtZim

    December 8th, 2012

    Death threats against kids that are promoting good (Christian I assume) values? Nice job aclu and libtards.

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  10. MaryfromMarin

    December 8th, 2012

    Great point about the ACLU, @Nutjob. They are very selective–read “hypocritical”–about which personal civil liberties they will defend.

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  11. Doc

    December 8th, 2012

    JCLady, back then you were raised to be a “Southern Lady” which stuck with you to this very day.

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  12. jclady

    December 8th, 2012

    @Nutjob — Thanks for the clarification! :)

    As an adult, I am also against being told how to dress. If I haven’t learned by now what is acceptable and what is not, I deserve whatever negative consequences my choices elicit.

    However, an underage kid MUST be told how to dress — by their parents. Failing that, the school is the final bastion

    The ACLU is a total dichotomy.

    The fact that this country bows down to them turns my stomach.

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  13. jclady

    December 8th, 2012

    Thanks Doc! :)

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  14. Freeshiticus

    December 8th, 2012

    I married a modest woman when I got tired of chasing after trollops and skanks who were unfit to marry.

    Whores and sluts are the mentors of liberal demoprog women. Queerdom is a leftist virtue.

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  15. jclady

    December 8th, 2012

    @Freeshiticus — I am the only girl in my family with two much older brothers.

    What they always told me — there are girls guys want to have fun with and girls guys want to settle down with. Be patient.

    I love my brothers! :)

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  16. Bad Brad

    December 8th, 2012

    Freeshiticus, Ya got any Trollop current phone numbers? Just asking>

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  17. Freeshiticus

    December 9th, 2012

    jclady, you did right. Just like I want my daughter to do. So many temptations these days, it is hard to raise a kid right.

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  18. Freeshiticus

    December 9th, 2012

    Bad Brad, lost touch with the trollops. There are a few winches around my neighborhood but I have to keep my distance or get nailed with my lady’s purse upside the head.

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  19. Bad Brad

    December 9th, 2012

    Freeshiticus, In reality, humor aside, I married way above me. I’d never even consider it, no desire to stray ever.

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  20. Freeshiticus

    December 9th, 2012

    Bad Brad, that’s good to hear. Marriage should be forever. My woman is way out of my league too.

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  21. Xavier

    December 9th, 2012

    Hell, what kind of idiot would want more than one woman? ;)

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  22. Bad Brad

    December 9th, 2012

    Or handle more them one.

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  23. Bad Brad

    December 9th, 2012

    Then

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  24. Trixie Bluebell

    December 9th, 2012

    I teach religion to junior high kids. We’ve talked a lot about the message that your appearance gives off. Those kids are being bombarded constantly by peer pressure, the media, liberal schools, parents who don’t know how to (or don’t want to) parent. I see my job as not only teaching them our faith but teaching them what they won’t learn in school – ie abortion is murder. At the beginning of each school year I tell each of my students individually that they are created in the image & likeness of God and that God does not make junk. Help a kid have good self-esteem and he or she won’t end up looking and acting like trollops or pimps or druggies, or rap artists.

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  25. MaryfromMarin

    December 9th, 2012

    @Trixie Bluebell–

    Thank you so much for what you do! Those young people are blessed to have you in their lives.

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  26. ddiddly

    December 9th, 2012

    I grew up with Saige’s parents, Brent and Phelicia, but moved out of CA before she was born. They are good people and I’m not surprised to see this because their own families practiced high moral values, and they continued to instill those same values in their own kids.

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  27. Snowball the Sourpuss

    December 9th, 2012

    I can still see her dirty pillows…

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  28. HooHooNayNay

    December 9th, 2012

    Shoulders? SHOULDERS? WTF’s wrong with shoulders? Cleavage midriff and arse I understand, but come ON…..

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  29. Ten Megaton

    December 9th, 2012

    Maybe they should be checking out survival clothing. Short shorts are gonna get cold in the bread lines.

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  30. Corona

    December 9th, 2012

    This girl must obviously be a Muslim. If a Christian girl ever said this do you really think it would have ever been printed? Without insults?

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  31. Birdie Num Num

    December 9th, 2012

    A most enduring, simple concept that has sadly been pretty much totally lost in our unraveling culture is that ,by far, the sexiest type of woman in the world is a ‘lady’:
    A confident, articulate,tastefully made up,groomed,dressed and mannered woman who carries herself with assured feminine aplomb has been and always will be the most attractive type of female.

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  32. Xavier

    December 9th, 2012

    Here’s another excerpt from my collection of vignettes, My Life Amongst Uneducated Hillbillies. This happened two nights ago.

    Phil leaned against the Snap-on toolbox and took a long pull on his Marlboro. “Damn kids”, he coughed, “My damn 12 year old daughter dresses like a whore. Takes pictures of her pussy and sends it to boys with her phone. It’s not like when we were growing up.”

    I looked at Paul – a good enough fellow, maybe a bit on the rough side. He’s shabbily dressed in several layers of old clothes, his hair’s down past his shoulders, and he sports a mountain man beard. Fate and her wily friend consequence have not been kind to Paul; he lost an eye while working river barges years ago. Living on disability and a small pension allows few luxuries but like most West Virginians a four wheeler is a priority, along with a righteous dose of hooch before, during, and after the ride – resulting in a regular series of accidents that keep Paul on the mend, but the limp and stooped back are becoming more pronounced each year.

    So here he is, early 40s looking like early 60s, Budweiser in one hand and a Marlboro in the other, helping pull a Cummins Diesel out of a pickup to make a few under the table dollars for Christmas.

    And I wonder, how in the world did his 12 year old get it in her head that she could dress and behave like there were no consequences for her actions?

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  33. AbigailAdams

    December 9th, 2012

    As the mother of a teenage girl I am encouraged by this girl’s message and her courage to stand up to what is now considered “normal” dress for girls. As someone upthread pointed out, it is hard to parent today, everyone and I mean everyone outside our house is only too glad to set the standards for our child, from school teachers who subscribe to communism to all the friends who dress like walking adverts for promiscuous sex. Going against the parental grain is part of growing up and we expect a certain amount that behavior, in fact we’d be alarmed if it were absent. But sometimes it feels like we’re living on our own isolated island here in The (hostile to good moral values) Peoples’ Republic of Seattle.

    Clothes do make the person and are an expression of who one is.

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