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Fashionistas and Feminists Pounce on Ayesha Curry for Tweets About Covering Her 'Good Stuff'

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It has come to this in America: Say anything that sounds the least bit wholesome, and you will be rebuked and scorned.

Ayesha Curry, the wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, is the latest victim of this worldly mentality. She had the gall to tweet her preference for “classy” clothes that actually cover her body – even if that means she won’t be “trendy” – and the culture warriors of the left unloaded their rhetorical weapons on her.

Curry’s critics had to have their microaggression meters finely tuned to sense any offense in her words. She simply said her style is “to keep the good stuff covered” for her husband. Granted, that concept may seem prudish in a culture that defines public displays of the flesh as fashion, but it’s not yet a fringe perspective.

Unfortunately, modesty talk like Curry’s represents a worldview that cannot be condoned by people looking to justify their own ideas or behavior. The outcry against her came fast and furious, first on Twitter and later from the fashionistas and feminists.

You’re so condescending! Stop preaching! Don’t judge! Pick the cliché, and you heard it hurled at Curry, who blogs and talks openly about her faith.

“It’s one thing to broadcast your choice of attire and another thing to insinuate that women who dress more revealingly are showing off their ‘good stuff’ for people who don’t matter,” said one writer at The Root adept at reading her own thoughts into Curry’s words.

Elizabeth Wellington, the fashion columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer, characterized Curry’s unsolicited insight as the kind of “slut-shaming” you might expect of cave men. “If there is one thing the world doesn’t need any more of, it’s grown women judging other grown women’s character based on fashion choices,” Wellington said. “It’s old. It’s tired. It’s unnecessary.”

But what’s really old, tired and unnecessary is the rush to reflexively attack people who refuse to conform to the loose morals of this live-and-let-live world.

Curry escaped this particular onslaught largely unscathed. Her all-star husband jumped to her defense, as did “trendy” celebrities like Khloe Kardashian, whose scanty wardrobe arguably makes her the anti-Curry. Tens of thousands of Twitter users also shared Curry’s views on modesty or saved her tweets as favorites.

But what about the next believer who speaks his or her spiritual mind? Every insult against traditional values that resonates with the public strengthens the resolve of people who want to undermine those values.

There was a time not long ago when Americans who weren’t particularly moral still respected those who were. Now people of faith are expected to keep their beliefs to themselves so they don’t make others feel bad.

That trend is not remotely classy, and it needs to change.