The Hot Mess That is Purity Culture

The Hot Mess That is Purity Culture January 1, 2020

Ironic that this is the image of purity the song parodist went with. I’m seeing knees and thighs and other things many consider impure and immodest.

This is a video I initially wasn’t going to share here. I’d shared it on NLQ’s Facebook page after seeing it on Hemant Mehta’s The Friendly Atheist page. Things cross my laptop I find noteworthy, but may not have the time or the inclination to post here. Those things get shared on the Facebook page. But there’s just something disturbing about this that keep niggling at me. So here it is.

We’ve covered purity culture here off and on for years since it is one of the immovable cornerstones of Quiverfull theology. The commodification of women that all really boils down to the total control of every woman’s sexuality and body. Cattle are treated better than women’s bodies under purity culture. Purity culture demonizes the sexual characteristics we all have.

But here’s why this video caught my eye. That sliding standard of what is actually considered modest. In many of the purity culture promoting ministries out there what these girls are wearing in the video would be considered impure, tempting and immodest. Nike territory to borrow the Duggar’s word. That is one of the big problems in purity culture, the fact that what is sexy and unpure for one is perfectly fine for another. Rocks will be thrown, insults hurtled in the name of Jesus over some false man-made construct over the nebulous thing called ‘purity’

Here’s the song. Judge for yourself.

First of all, start a worldwide movement for purity? Like that hasn’t already been done to death. Hello? Purity balls. Josh Harris repudiated book “I Kissed Dating Goodbye”, the Duggars yelling “Nike!” upon seeing uncovered knees and upper arms. That goofy Justin Lookadoo and so on…..

One small thing I do like about all of this. The song puts the onus of keeping ‘pure’ on a guy controlling his eyes and mind. That’s really where purity proponents need to start, teaching young men to look away from disturbing things, take control of their own minds and not blame females for not dressing modestly enough.

Too bad this does not stop there, with young men taking control of their actions. From the first scene with the girl with the shortest skirt popping up to say “Like girls in short skirts and low cut tops?” Blaming women for tempting men yet again instead of saying that men should not drool and stare even if a woman is naked.

Did a little more digging than Hemant, looking to see who, or what exactly is behind this silly demeaning video from 2014 and came up with this:

Producer Alana Stubblebine

  • turns up nothing legitimate on Google.

Director Henk Prinsloo

  • looks like a run of the mill wedding photographer out of the greater Chicago area.

 Production Desert Clay Films

  • turns up nothing I could find.

Written by Ashley King of Spoken Word 4 Him.com

  • who played the dancing teacher in the video. This looks like a vanity project for another ‘Professional Christian’ complaining about our culture. From her website.

This leaps out at me:

“The morality of our culture has been under attack for some time,”

So her answer is churn out vanity project videos to promote her flavor of Christianity? Thankfully she seems to have made just a few videos and stopped. I am hoping this is because she’s had a “come to Jesus” moment over purity and some of the other views she’s held that are harmful to women.

Exploiting the students you teach is just wrong on all levels.

Wonder if this is some backwards attempt to answer this video by Mormon boys –

Oh my! It’s not just Mormon boys shaming short skirted girls. The Mormon girls do it too!

Here’s what I am not getting about the Ashley Kings of this world. They claim to hate this world, this sick culture. But they have zero problem exploiting the culture of the world to promote their message.

Stuff like this makes me so happy I’m old and no longer worry about such things. living in a place were formal wear is clean flip flops and an unwrinkled shirt.

Here’s a better parody of that One Direction song “What Makes You Beautiful” but it’s NSFW and has some mild juvenile homophobic jokes. Still better.

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Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 33 years. You can read more about the author here.

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