9781580053143

The Purity Myth

VALENTI, JESSICA


Format: Paperback
ISBN13: 9781580053143
Published: December 2009

Price: $22.99

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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.

Details
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN13: 9781580053143
  • Published: December 2009
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Width: 5.5 mm
  • Height: .75 mm
  • Depth: 8.25 mm
  • Publisher:not specified

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