I’ve been meaning to write about the Purity Culture for some time now, and while I intend to do a more complete treatment of it soon, something came up recently that I simply couldn’t overlook.
Last week, forgedimagination wrote a post over on Defeating the Dragons that really ticked me off. Not because of what she wrote, but because of the response she received. Earlier, she had written about victim-blaming and rape repentance as outgrowths of the Purity Culture, and they were featured on No Longer Quivering. Then things got messy.
But before I can say anything about this particular example, I need to explain a little about the Purity Culture itself.
Purity or Bust
For those of you who didn’t grow up in it, the fundamentalist Purity Culture is a clever scheme to keep Christian teens from doing the deed until they’re safely on their honeymoon. Preferably and presumably, it also keeps them from oral sex, making out, kissing, holding hands, or appreciating each other’s sexuality in any way. Because, you know….LUST. If you enjoy looking at someone, you’re lusting in your heart, which means you’re committing adultery with them in your heart, which apparently makes both of you Guilty Of Fornication. Cover those bra straps, ladies! Bounce those eyes, guys!
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Planetary Nebula NGC 6302, image courtesy NASA. Billions of tonnes of gas from the outer layers of a massive red giant were flung into space by this dying star. They glow due to the continued radiation emitted from the stellar remnant at the center.
I used to blog quite a lot. Of course, those were different days. I was in high school, I was a scrawny, home-schooled know-it-all, and I was sure I was God’s gift to humankind. If only all those foolish atheists and evolutionists and egalitarians and feminists and Arminians and potheads and revisionists and liberals and their ilk would just read and understand my flawless reasoning, the world would be such
a nice place.
Things change. A lot.
I’m married now. I have a kid. I have a degree in physics and no plans of going to law school or running for public office. I’m a good deal more interested in how people think and not quite so worried about what they think. I’m thankful for the blessings I have, and I hope people around me know it.
I don’t really know exactly what paths this blog will take. So….we’ll see.