Buildings are closed. Curbside Pickup is available. Click here for our interim services.

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

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Seal Press,
Pub. Date:
©2010.
Language:
English
Description
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.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9781580053143
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID6a5cebe2-3301-7444-554b-d802bee55487
Grouping Titlepurity myth how americas obsession with virginity is hurting young women
Grouping Authorvalenti jessica
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2020-02-01 04:12:26AM
Last Indexed2020-08-08 04:36:30AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
authorValenti, Jessica.
author_displayValenti, Jessica
available_at_santafeMain Library (Curbside Pickup)
collection_santafeOn Order
detailed_location_santafeMain
Santa Fe Public Library On Order
display_description"The United States is obsessed with virginity -- from the media to schools to government agencies. The Purity Myth is a critique about why this is so, and why it's problematic for girls and women. Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Jessica Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways our society links a young woman's worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness, and altruism."--Publisher description.
format_category_santafeBooks
format_santafeBook
id6a5cebe2-3301-7444-554b-d802bee55487
isbn9781580053143
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b14994197.i20042930Main306.73 Val1falsefalse*CHECK SHELF*mn
ils:.b14994197.o3345257Santa Fe Public Library On OrderON ORDER1truefalseOn Orderm
itype_santafeRegular Circ
last_indexed2020-08-08T10:36:30.35Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_santafe306.73 Val
ON ORDER
owning_library_santafeSanta Fe Public Library
Santa Fe Public Library On Order
owning_location_santafeMain Library (Curbside Pickup)
Main Library (Curbside Pickup) On Order
primary_isbn9781580053143
publishDate2010
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b14994197BookBooksEnglishSeal Press, ©2010.263 pages ; 21 cm.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_santafe
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b14994197.i20042930On Shelf*CHECK SHELF*falsetruetruefalsefalsetrue9999
ils:.b14994197.o3345257On OrderOn Orderfalsefalsetruefalsefalsetrue
subject_facetSexual abstinence -- Social aspects
Virginity -- Social aspects -- United States
Young women -- Sexual behavior -- United States
Young women -- Sexual behavior. -- United States
title_displayThe purity myth : how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women
title_fullThe purity myth : how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women / Jessica Valenti
title_shortThe purity myth
title_subhow America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women
topic_facetSexual abstinence
Sexual behavior
Social aspects
Virginity
Young women