The purity myth : how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women
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Berkeley, Calif. : Seal Press, ©2010.
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263 pages ; 21 cm.
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From the bestselling author of Sex Object , a searing investigation into American culture's obsession with virginity, and the argument for creating a future where women and girls are valued for more than sexuality 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-only 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 virgins 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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Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-238) and index.
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"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.
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Valenti, J. (2010). The purity myth: how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women. Berkeley, Calif.: Seal Press.

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Valenti, Jessica. 2010. The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women. Berkeley, Calif.: Seal Press.

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Valenti, Jessica, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women. Berkeley, Calif.: Seal Press, 2010.

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Valenti, Jessica. The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession With Virginity Is Hurting Young Women. Berkeley, Calif.: Seal Press, 2010. Print.

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