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The Purity Culture developed from the concerns of Christian parents regarding liberal changes in society concerning sexuality. As pregnancy out of wedlock became more commonplace and abortion on demand became more accessible, Christian Evangelicals turned to methods to strengthen the traditional concept family as a cure for society and the church.
Daughters' purity is said to be protected by their fathers who give them in marriage, and girls are encouraged to sign purity pledges and wear purity rings to pledge their chastity until marriage. Purity Balls became a celebration of what for some has become a religious rite.
Also, families are encouraged to decry dating and to embrace a concept of courtship that range from parental chaperoning to arranged marriage. All of these measures are meant to ensure sexual purity, though the movement focuses nearly no attention on young men.
- ABC News Mar 2014
- TIME Photo Essay Purity Balls Jul 2008
- Daily Mail on Purity Balls Mar 2014
- Purity Covenant Sep 2008
- Individual's experience (pro) Nov 2012
- Rethinking Purity Homeschooler's Anonymous
- Progressive Secular Humanist (con) Apr 2015
- **Watch Documentary Here: Give Me Sex Jesus Sep 2015
- The Purity Myth (book) Mar 2009
CRITICISM OF COURTSHIP
This is a significant topic with a growing body of information that is not a sign
- What is Courtship? Homeschooler's Anonymous series of posts
- Wisdom or Foolishness? (Blog responing to the I Kissed Dating Goodbye book)
- Underage Marriage, Homeschooler's Anonymous
- Vaughn Ohlman's Let Them Marry Creepy Apple Meme
TOWARDS HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS WITH FATHERS
- Discussion about Purity Balls on No Longer Quivering. (The comments are great.)
- About Dave Engledow's World's Best Father project.