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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 countrys 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-only 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 virgins until theyre 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
Subtitle:
How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women
Publisher:
Seal Press
Author:
Valenti, Jessica
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
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
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20091229
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 0.69 in 9.5 oz

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