Purity Balls Swollen With Promises

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May 17, 2006

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I myself was brought up to believe that premarital sex was wrong but I don't remember it being much of an issue. It went without saying that if you were a good Christian boy or girl that you saved yourself for marriage and no one made much hoopla about the whole thing.

Nowadays, we live in much more wanton times so it's not enough to believe you'll quietly wait until your sex is confined to matrimonial bonds, it must be declared in vocalized purity pledges, ceremonies to become born again virgins and strangest of all, purity balls.

Yes, ironically sounding slightly erotic or suggestive in nature, purity balls are the newest trend in obstinate abstinence. They sound like some kind of chaste prom for churchgoing teens but are far stranger than that.

According to Mark Morford's scathing article in the SF Gate, these formal dress events are bizarre rituals involving bible thumping fathers and their puritanically tyrannized daughters.

The girls make a public promise to keep themselves "pure" until their wedding night and the dads pledge to guard and protect their daughter's virginity just in case they're tempted to stray or are taken advantage of by manipulative young males.

Although, I think Mr. Morford overstates the naivety involved in the entire process, he gives statistics regarding sexual activity and STDs among those who have taken pledges that proves that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Nevertheless, for me the whole "daddy's little girl" doesn't have sex seems creepier.

It sounds as if these young women must rely first on the man that fathered them and then on the men that marry them to decide how and when they should share (or not share) "the greatest gift" since our darling princesses couldn't possibly decide for themselves. Apparently, if we wanted to keep our women pure we should never have "given" them the vote…

Posted by Will Peters at May 17, 2006 3:19 PM

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