AAAAAARGH! Terrifying – The Purity Myth [trailer]

Check out the trailer for Jessica Valenti’s documentary based on her book, The Purity Myth.

Jessica is the founder of US feminist wesbite Feministing. She wrote The Purity Myth back in 2009 as a response to the (American religious right-wing) cultural pressure on girls to abstain from sex before marriage.

It covers the disturbingly deferential “purity balls” where teenage girls promise their fathers that they will remain virgins until they are wed and, perhaps more alarmingly, the pro-virginity activists who attempt to claim that sex is a life-threatening activity (I’m not kidding, one clip sees a woman yelling that “these girls will end up sterile or DEAD”).

You think you want to laugh but, mainly, you want to scream and cry.

The Purity Myth Trailer from Media Education Foundation on Vimeo.

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2 thoughts on “AAAAAARGH! Terrifying – The Purity Myth [trailer]

  1. too. much. rage.

    these people actually exist. ACTUALLY. in the most powerful country in the world. in positions of power in the most powerful country in the world.

    I’m actually quite scared about that. it is genuinely frightening.

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