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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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The Problem With “Purity”

Purity balls aren’t as widespread a phenomenon as first assumed, but that doesn’t mean the problem with the idea of “purity” isn’t an issue. Purity pledges and purity rings still abound in large numbers, and the smuggle ideas that are bad for people’s mental and physical health.

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We’d Like a Refund on Those Purity Rings

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The PeeWee Herman Purity Ring: Ironic? Sincere? You Decide

The PeeWee Herman purity ring. Is it meant to be ironic? Sarcastic? Sincere? Who can tell? Although it looks pretty ugly, and the “purity” part is hidden by the wearer.

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