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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786744664
Publisher:
Perseus Books, LLC
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Author:
Valenti, Jessica
Subject:
Psychology : Human Sexuality
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
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
March 2009
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
263

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