Ditch that Mini Skirt: It's Modesty Week in South Pas

Teenager Saige Hatch received a proclamation from City Council Wednesday night for starting the Modesty Club at South Pasadena High School.

South Pasadena High School student Saige Hatch isn’t shy when it comes to modesty.

Standing in front of City Council Wednesday, sporting a dress that flowed past her knees, the 15-year-old received kudos from Mayor Cacciotti for starting the Modesty Club, a social club that asks girls to pledge they will wear “shirts and dresses that cover my stomach, lower back, breasts and shoulders” and “not ask, persuade, or allow a boy to do anything with me that will jeopardize the code of chastity.”

Cacciotti proclaimed Dec. 3-7 modesty week in South Pasadena.

“Our mission is to empower men and women, boys and girls to the highest quality of self esteem,’’ Hatch said, adding she hopes by raising people’s self confidence as individuals, you can raise self confidence as a community.

On the club’s website, www.modestyclub.com, reads the message: "A shift is coming, sneaking through the literal fabric of our culture. 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."

The website features a Modesty Club rap video. It is attached to this article. 

Hatch is not the first person in her family to stand up for her beliefs.

Hatch’s brother, McKay Hatch, snared national headlines in 2008, even appearing on “The Tonight Show” after founding a No Cussing Club at SPHS. And perhaps you recognize Saige’s last name from her father’s rather famous cousin, Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah).

Saige’s father, Brent Hatch, told the Pasadena Sun, that trumpeting the message of  propriety hasn’t been a cake walk. A week after Saige started the Modesty Club, vandals egged and left graffiti on her father’s van, she told the paper. The website has also received a few nasty messages.

And back when the No Cussing Club started, the family was forced to stay with relatives for a brief time due to a bomb threat, according to the article. 

To join the Modesty Club, whose website touts that it has members in all 50 states and several countries, click here. 

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J McNally December 06, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Right on, Saige! I'm flabbergasted when I peruse my friends' Facebook pages and see their daughters dressed like prostitutes to head to the school dance. So many high school girls dress like that line of skanky looking women waiting to get into the club - in clingwrap dresses that they can't possibly sit in without baring their bottoms.
Donna Evans (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I know what you mean, J!! I look like a Puritan in my prom pictures compared to lots of kids today! And my dress was strapless!
Meredith December 06, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Saige, good for you! Don't ever stop standing up for what you believe in.
Kathryn Sweeney December 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Good for her. Sound principles. I don't think I would have been willing to fully cover my breasts though. Those babies have been on proud display since I was 11. Maybe for one week though...
Jessica Hamlin December 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM
These teens are my heroes. I am sure it's not easy to stand up for their beliefs in the peer pressure-filled land of high school.
spidra December 07, 2012 at 09:51 PM
The objectification of women goes far deeper than any campaign that puts the onus on females to cover up. Note how mothers who breastfeed are excoriated for doing it in public, as if breasts were made only for working at Hooters. I hope the members of this club, these students, are really educating themselves on the serious issues behind objectification, body image issues, and date rape. Things are more complicated than just making sure your neckline is high and your pants fit at your waist.
DC December 07, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Refreshing. Just today I watched a girl at a hair salon stand up wearing a sleeveless, side-less "shirt" with only a black lace bra in full view (no, it couldn't have passed as a bathing suit!) I thought "Really? Madame, if you didn't notice, this is not your bedroom. You forgot to get dressed!".
Donna Evans (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 11:49 PM
@DC - yeah, I've seen that look on adults and don't think much of it either. I'd like to hang with Saige on a club outing, do some kind of follow up to this story. I'll let ya know if that happens!
Stella Meridian December 08, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I find it hilarious that this is pretty much the message of Islam and women. When is Islam Awareness week coming to South Pas???
T.L. December 10, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I couldn't have said it better myself. This whole thing disgusts me and I can't believe our mayor is supporting this. There's nothing new or admirable about slut-shaming girls & women because of what they wear. My mom wasn't allowed to wear jeans because only "loose" women wore jeans; I was told I looked like I was a prostitute by a teacher when I was in 7th grade for wearing too much eyeliner; six years ago, my then 12 year-old niece was hassled for wearing volleyball shorts on her way to her volleyball tournament. It's been happening for at least the past 45 years (and most definitely longer, since time began I'd bet), and it's gonna keep happening. Why? Because it's always been acceptable to make girls & women feel shame. This Modesty Club's message is more of the same-old same old.
Patrizzi Intergalactica December 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
This is as creepy as the no cussing week. I don't disagree with self-improvement but building up inhibitions and nuturing self-righteous, prudish smaill town snobery is not my idea of a shift in consciousness for the better. Will the editors of Patch cheer when bunny stickers are put over paintings of nudes?
Erin Still December 19, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I'm sure the children in this family are intelligent, charming people, but I get the feeling that their dad and his enjoyment of the limelight is the driving force behind all of their various "causes." Between the family van parked around town plastered with photos of the Hatch children and advertisements for Dad's real estate business, the "hug cards" created and promoted by Dad that just happen to be sold on his children's websites, and the fact that despite the fact that the groups claim large worldwide memberships, most of the proud members who appear in photographs and local newspaper articles seem to bear the surname Hatch, I have trouble believing that any of this is solely the work of the kids. And if the family really is receiving threats and going into hiding, then the parents' continued efforts to draw more attention to their children and their self-righteous crusades is a form of child abuse. The City Council, the South Pasadena Review, and South Pasadena Patch need to stop taking Brent Hatch's calls and at least let his younger kids have a chance at leading normal lives.
Vita Brevis February 22, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Yes, Erin! Interesting how the Hatch name just slips into those headlines, and even warranted a Patch Article! And for such utter inanity! She didn't do anything charitable or commendable. Let's also not forget that this is the same family whose elder member recently VOTED AGAINST THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT!!!! Why is there no more outrage here about this, the CIty's (inappropriate) involvement in this? This is what the Women's Lib movement has accomplished? Do you k now whe else they promote Modest Dressing? The Talliban. The Muslim Brotherhood. Cultures that deny women an education, fair pay, reproductive rights, and the freedom to go out in public alone. Where women get killed for being raped. Need I go on? Furthermore: the school already has and enforces a DRESS CODE! If these teens are not in violation of said dress-code, nobody has a right to judge what their wearing. AND have you gone shopping with YOUR TEEN lately? Where exactly does one get a Sister-Wife ensemble? And Modesty? Are you kidding me? We're not living in Nathaniel Hawthorne's time, and we no longer hunt witches! How about A Humility, Charity and Humanism club instead?
Vita Brevis February 22, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Madonna dressed like that too. That was 30 years ago! Give me a break!


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