Purity culture

By the time I was 13, the message had come through loud and clear: Thinness was next to Godliness, and I could never achieve either without extraordinary means.

Purity Culture & Weight: Jesus Loves Skinny People​

By 13, I clearly understood: Thinness was next to Godliness, and I could never achieve either without extraordinary means. Jesus loves skinny people. Read...
Carrie Saum    |   08.8.18   |   SHARE
Bodies
I understood in no uncertain terms because of purity culture that having sex outside of marriage was the worst thing I could do as a young woman.

Purity Culture Isn't Just About Sex

I understood in no uncertain terms because of purity culture that having sex outside of marriage was the worst thing I could do as a young woman. Read...
Carrie Saum    |   06.15.18   |   SHARE
Sex + Love

Celibacy Can't Replace Consent: How Evangelical Sex Ed Fails Teens

Evangelical sex ed fails teens - even thinking about having sex with someone else meant you had already done it in your heart. Read...
Susie Mendoza    |   11.27.17   |   SHARE

Sex, Shame, And Sex-Esteem: Unlearning Harmful Attitudes Toward Sexuality

It’s time we stop teaching shame and start spending more time fostering healthy sexual identities in young girls. Read...
Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez    |   08.31.17   |   SHARE
Sex + Love
Wearing clothing that shows off my body is a way of publicly declaring that my body is good.

Retail Therapy: Healing From Internalized Sexism Through Shopping

For me, after growing up in evangelical purity culture, few things have been as healing and empowering as shopping. Read...
Kelsey L. Munger    |   04.20.17   |   SHARE
Minds
I want my daughter to explore her interests and invest in herself.

I Don't Want My Daughter To Grow Up Like Me

Fortunately, when I look back at my childhood, it was mostly happy. I had parents who loved me. I had plenty of friends. I had access to food and Read...
Gemma Hartley    |   12.9.16   |   SHARE
Families
If someone doesn’t want to have sex, now or ever, that is her choice.

We Can Respect Virginity & Celibacy Without Supporting Purity Culture

I eventually began to accept that truly being a feminist means embracing the idea of “my body, my choice” in all its incarnations. If I truly believe Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   11.28.16   |   SHARE
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"Leave Room For Jesus:" Does Purity Culture Devalue Girls?

At Santa Rosa Christian School, dancing was a gateway drug. The gyrating, the slow romantic swaying... songs with the word “butt” in them. School Read...
Gemma Hartley    |   09.13.16   |   SHARE
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