the purity myth-jessica valenti

this was news to me..jessica simpson’s dad’s inappropriate comments about his daughter’s “knockers” aside…(whoa, america.)

“And though the idea behind the pledge and ball is to promote purity, the symbolism is far from chaste. In one online video of a purity ball, the girls recite the virginity pledge as they give little pink boxes (ahem) to their fathers. Some fathers participating in purity balls give their daughters a charm necklace with a lock and key. The daughter keeps the lock and her father holds on to the key until she gets married and he gives the “key” to her husband.

Also troubling is that the event is described as a “date”. The girls-some as young as six or seven-dress in ball gowns and often get their hair and makeup professionally done. In a Glamour magazine article about purity balls, reporter and noted feminist Jennifer Baumgardner wrote that many of the older girls in attendance look “disconcertingly like wives” next to their fathers.” (67)


5 thoughts on “the purity myth-jessica valenti

  1. “Your body is a wrapped lollipop. When you have sex with a man, he unwraps your lollipop and sucks on it. It may feel great at the time, but, unfortunately, when he’s done with you, all you have left for your next partner is a poorly wrapped, saliva-fouled sucker.” Darren Washington, an abstinence educator at the Eighth Annual Abstinence Clearinghouse conference

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