One of the most popular and prevalent examples of purity culture’s racism is the critique of the pop singer Beyoncé’s life and work by conservative white politicians and pundits, who have gone so far as to wonder aloud if Jay Z had not crossed the line from husband to exploiting “pimp,” thus reducing Beyoncé’s talent and ambition to a sexuality that is not under her control.
Ingrained in Bob Jones University’s very DNA is a belief in shame as an essentially positive thing, which manifests in its reportedly condemnatory attitude toward survivors of sexual abuse and violence.
Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers.
Christian masculinists spend much of their time online brutally lambasting modern men and women for not adhering to biblically based gender roles. But their arguments aren’t all that different from conservative evangelicals’.
What could have been a fascinating insight into strangers’ expressions of intimacy is instead a tableau of stereotypical sexual narratives already prevalent in mainstream media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stories of mishandling and outright ignoring cases of sexual assault within religious institutions go back decades.