The Cold Coffee Club, Episode 3 :: The Purity Culture

Today our topic is the purity culture. HMB’s Managing Editor, Elizabeth Baker, joins co-owner Meagan Clanahan discussing one of her most popular posts entitled :: “Why I Won’t Raise My Children in the Purity Culture That Raised Me.” Elizabeth delves into the purity culture and how it affects our society. She also discusses how it affects how she teaches her children about sex and her personal values. 

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One Response to The Cold Coffee Club, Episode 3 :: The Purity Culture

  1. Katie
    Katie February 14, 2019 at 3:12 pm #

    I remember signing the purity pledge when I was in 6th grade. I didn’t totally believe it but everyone was doing it and I didn’t want to be left out, or *gasp* for people to think that I was not pure. I did notice, though, that the boys were not being pressured to sign the pledge in the way the girls were. I remember one teacher specifically asking me if I had signed it yet, making me feel bad when I said I hadn’t, and rolling her eyes at the boy next to me who said he hadn’t signed it, either. I also remember that the pledge specifically mentioned that I was making a pledge to my father and that I should give him the paper. I thought that was weird but now as an adult, it is arguably more strange- not to mention, I lived with my mom.

    All of Elizabeth’s points are absolutely spot on. Elizabeth noted that the Purity Movement does not teach consent and the possibility of teaching them that their body is “bad”. I would add one more thing- purity culture teaches you that once you have engaged in sex, you are somehow worth less than you were before, especially if it was outside of marriage (but even if it was not!)

    This podcast was great!

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