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September 30, 2014 / Randall

The Vulgar Face of Purity Culture

Certainly, a culture of total permissiveness may create its own problems, but purity culture is so damaging, so harmful, and so dreadfully one-sided. Not once did my teacher tell a guy to wear a tee-shirt in the pool. Not once were the boys lectured on the length of their shorts. Never were the guys the “candy” in the impurity skits — nope, it was always us ladies.

The result was years of dissatisfaction with my body, discomfort in my relationships, distrust of men, and disconnection from women. Purity teaching drew so much attention to all that was presumed “impure” about me, I lost sight of what truly made me valuable and unique.


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