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Just Sign No: More Evidence Virginity Pledges Don’t Work

A new study confirms that virginity pledges don't work—that is, unless the young person signing them already has a high level of religious commitment.

A new study confirms that virginity pledges don’t work—that is, unless the young person signing them already has a high level of religious commitment.

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Purity Culture, and Male Entitlement to Women’s Bodies

Elliott Rodgers felt so entitled to women that he murdered them when he didn’t get what he felt he deserved. It is precisely this attitude of entitlement that the modern evangelical church deems holy and good.

Elliott Rodger felt so entitled to women that he murdered them when he didn’t get what he felt he deserved. It is precisely this attitude of entitlement that the modern evangelical church deems holy and good.

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Utah Yearbook Scandal Shows ‘Modesty’ Is a Racket

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls' pictures to cover more skin.

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls’ yearbook photos to cover more skin. This story gives insight into the various ways “modesty” is used to police girls, make them insecure, and pit them against each other.

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Masculinity as Violence, Or How Conservative Evangelicalism Hurts Men Too

Masculinity and femininity are social constructs. But in the church, the uncertainty that extends from such constructs has lead to a boxed in vision of gender that helps no one.

Masculinity and femininity are social constructs. But in the church, the uncertainty that extends from such constructs has led to a boxed in vision of gender that helps no one.

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Christian Colleges Have a Sexual Assault Problem

Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.

Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.

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The Evangelical Short-Term Memory Problem

In fact, we’ve been having the same fight over sexual promiscuity like clockwork about every forty years, going back at least a couple centuries.

In fact, we’ve been having the same fight over sexual promiscuity like clockwork about every 40 years, going back at least a couple centuries.

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Don’t Just ‘Reframe’ Purity Culture—Rethink the Whole Concept

Despite numerous popular critiques of purity culture in recent years, increasingly from Christians themselves, I rarely find my experience as a queer Black woman reflected.

Despite numerous popular critiques of purity culture in recent years, increasingly from Christians themselves, I rarely find my experience as a queer Black woman reflected.

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Secret Keeper Girl: An Inside Look at Evangelical Cognitive Dissonance

Young audience members at a Secret Keeper Girl show.

For all its affirmation of little girls’ intelligence and humor, it’s hard to get past the mixed messages in Secret Keeper Girl’s modesty doctrine: We shouldn’t care about how the world perceives us, unless we’re talking about our clothing, in which case that’s the only thing that matters.

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Purity Culture as Rape Culture: Why the Theological Is Political

Relationship guides and purity pledges are a cottage industry in evangelicalism, but the influence reaches far beyond just evangelicals.

By failing to equip women to understand their own agency and bodily autonomy, the evangelical purity movement creates an environment that is ripe for rape.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Rules Minor Not ‘Accomplice’ in Her Statutory Rape

scales of justice, gavel, and book

In a unanimous decision Monday, the state’s highest court brought Tennessee law in line with the vast majority of the country.

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