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The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women

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"With The Purity Myth, [Valenti] urges feminists and other progressives to stop ceding the definition of morality to social conservatives..." Laura M. Carpenter, Ms. Magazine (read the entire Ms. Magazine review)

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Synopsis:

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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The Purity Myth presents a revolutionary argument that girls and women are overly valued for their sexuality and offers solutions for a future without a damaging emphasis on virginity.

About the Author

Jessica Valenti is the founder and Executive Editor of Feministing.com, and the author of Full Frontal Feminism and The Purity Myth. Her writing has appeared in many publications including The Guardian, and in 2007 she was named one of Elle magazine's 2007 IntELLEgentsia. She lives in Astoria, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580052535
Subtitle:
How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women
Author:
Valenti, Jessica
Publisher:
Seal Press
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Virginity
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Young women - Sexual behavior - United States
Subject:
Virginity - Social aspects - United States
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090324
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , The Purity Myth presents a revolutionary argument that girls and women are overly valued for their sexuality and offers solutions for a future without a damaging emphasis on virginity.
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