The purity myth: how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women

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Seal Press,
Pub. Date:
c2009.
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English
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The United States is obsessed with virginity ? from the media to schools to government agencies. In The Purity Myth Jessica Valenti argues that the country’s intense focus on chastity is damaging to young women. Through in-depth cultural and social analysis, Valenti reveals that powerful messaging on both extremes ? ranging from abstinence curriculum to ?Girls Gone Wild” infomercials ? place a young woman’s worth entirely on her sexuality. Morals are therefore linked purely to sexual behavior, rather than values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. Valenti sheds light on the value ? and hypocrisy ? around the notion that girls remain virgin until they’re married by putting into context the historical question of purity, modern abstinence-only education, pornography, and public punishments for those who dare to have sex. The Purity Myth presents a revolutionary argument that girls and women are overly valued for their sexuality, as well as solutions for a future without a damaging emphasis on virginity.
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9781580052535
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subject_facet Virginity -- Social aspects -- United States, Young women -- Sexual behavior -- United States
table_of_contents The cult of virginity -- Tainted love -- Forever young -- The porn connection -- Classroom chastity -- Legislating sexuality -- Public punishments -- Beyond manliness -- Sex, morals, and trusting women -- Post-virgin world.
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title The purity myth : how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women
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