The Purity Myth

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This is beautiful. For a full transcript, see here. I think the very best part comes at the end: “The purity myth is the lie that women’s sexuality has some bearing on who we are and how good we are, because really I think we all know that young women are so much more than whether or not they have sex. We really should be teaching our daughters that their ability to be good people should be based on their intelligence, on their compassion, their kindness, not what they do with their bodies.” This is what I’ve been saying all along! The idolization of virginity makes what women do with their vaginas more important than how they treat other people or their skills and abilities. All that matters is what is between their legs. And seriously, how much sense does that make?

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About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.


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