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Pure - by Linda Kay Klein (Hardcover)

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Specifications

Number of Pages: 352

Genre: Religion + Beliefs

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Atria Books

Author: Linda Kay Klein

Language: English

Street Date: September 4, 2018
TCIN: 53506863
UPC: 9781501124815
Item Number (DPCI): 248-75-3817

Description

From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity's purity culture has had on a generation of young women--in a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir.

In the 1990s, a "purity industry" emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual "stumbling blocks" for boys and men, and any expression of a girl's sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls--resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder--and trapped them in a cycle of shame.

This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with.

Fearing being marked a Jezebel, Klein broke up with her high school boyfriend because she thought God told her to, and took pregnancy tests though she was a virgin, terrified that any sexual activity would be punished with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a twelve-year-old girl, Klein began to question the purity-based sexual ethic. She contacted young women she knew, asking if they were coping with the same shame-induced issues she was. These intimate conversations developed into a twelve-year quest that took her across the country and into the lives of women raised in similar religious communities--a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way to reconcile sexuality and spirituality.

Sexual shame is by no means confined to evangelical culture; Pure is a powerful wake-up call about our society's subjugation of women.

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Great memoir/non-fiction experience of both the author and others raised in the evangelical church. I was too, and this book provided some perspectives that I had not previously considered. Additionally, the author seems to still have a true affection for the tenants of Christianity - so while critical of the policies and teachings in regards to sexuality and gender roles, the book does not have a hateful tone.
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