Last week when NLQ posted the purity ball photos by photography David Magnusson it seemed that was a lone example of creepy purity portraits. At least until another site managed to collect a pile of random ones including a purity contract to be signed by the father and daughter.
Such a sad contrast, beautiful little girls, inappropriately intimate fathers.
Statistics do prove that the strong presence of a loving father in the life of a girl growing up does tend to keep that same girl from becoming sexually active at a younger age. But what message does it send to that same girl does Daddy publicly announcing to the world in her presence that he alone controls her sexuality until marriage?
You don’t have to be a former Evangelical to see what a bad idea purity balls are either.
Even Christians who believe in “purity” should have a problem with these atrocities. Firstly, they promote the idea that a girl/woman’s body is not her own. Instead, a girl becomes the property of a man–in this case her father–until he passes her off to her husband. There is nothing Christian about teaching one’s daughter that her every action should occur with the approval of a man–any man. Purity balls teach submissiveness. They instruct girls to believe that they are not capable of making their own decisions, and thus must defer judgment to their fathers–then their husbands.
Edited to add: As this post was being composed and coded Alternet posted an excellent detailed article about Purity Balls – Purity Balls, Plan B and Bad Sex Policy: Inside America’s Virginity Obsession