As we culturally deconstruct the dreadfully misguided marketing effort of purity culture, it’s important to recognize that isn’t the truth of Christianity. As happens too often, fallible humans completely garbled the message.
By advocating for women to withhold sex from men in order to attain bodily autonomy, Milano has stumbled backwards into the realm of Christianity.
Making a statue of a vagina out of purity rings might be attention-grabbing and even perhaps cathartic, but it is not healing.
Humans have the propensity to jump from idol to idol, but lapsed Christians in the process of healing should recognize the path forward is through Christ.
Progressive religious writer Nadia Bolz-Weber maintains the evangelical purity culture she hates but flips the identification of the pure and the impure. She redefines sin and reassigns shame.
Purity culture purports to be about saving sex for marriage, but the whole point is to refrain from sex while delaying marriage, which makes abstinence highly unlikely.
Successful abstinence education begins with establishing and reiterating every child’s invaluable self-worth.
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