purity

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
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
These stereotypes have not only been used in the past to perpetuate violence against Men of Color. They’re ever-present factors in how Black and Brown men navigate the world. Image: Thinkstock.

4 Racist Stereotypes White Patriarchy Invented To 'Protect' White Womanhood

Men of Color, especially Black men, have historically been coded as animalistic abusers and r*pists when it comes to white women. This stems from the Read...
Voices
If our kids hear us excusing rape or sexual assault in any way, they will internalize that message. Image: Krewr Studio/Pexels.

6 Ways We (Accidentally) Teach Our Kids Rape Culture

As moms and dads, we probably don’t talk directly about rape to kids, at least not until they’re older. But we’re still sending messages about sex Read...
Joanna Schroeder of Babble    |   07.6.16   |   SHARE
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