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The Purity Myth: How Americas Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women Jessica Valenti

The Purity Myth: How Americas Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women

Jessica Valenti

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ISBN : 9780786744664
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263 pages
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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 socialMoreThe 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 curriculum to [Girls Gone Wild[ infomercials [ place a young womans 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 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.