The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women (Paperback)
 
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The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women (Paperback)

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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 a......more

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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-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 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.

Author:
Valenti, Jessica
Genre:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
263
Language:
English
Publisher:
Seal Pr
Publish Date:
12/29/2009
Copyright Year:
2010
ISBN:
9781580053143
Height:
8.0 in
Wdth:
5.5 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.55 lb
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