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The purity myth: how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women

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Seal Press,
Pub. Date:
©2010.
Language:
English
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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.
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9781580053143
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subject_facet Sexual abstinence -- Social aspects, Virginity -- Social aspects -- United States, Young women -- Sexual behavior -- United States, Young women -- Sexual behavior. -- United States
title_display The purity myth : how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women
title_full The purity myth : how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women / Jessica Valenti
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title_sub how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women
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