Purity Ball Entrance Fee: Intact Hymen
Posted on May 3, 2006
States like Colorado are holding dances in which fathers goad their daughters into pledging to remain virgins until marriage. (Never mind that abstinence pledges actually increase risky sexual activity.) You won’t believe the creepy anti-sex scripts the fathers read.
Blog entry on the phenomenon
Blog entry with actual scripts
Purity Ball website
Damning study on abstinence pledges
Bill Maher’s reaction to the study
(via Pandagon and Salon)
I feel icky just writing that post title, but there is no way in hell to compete with the ickiness that is the new, exciting way for wingnuts to hoodwink their daughters into swearing up and down they?ll protect their brideprice stay virgins until marriage. Apparently, it?s not enough anymore to bribe very young teenagers with silver rings and a quick church ceremony to convince people who probably should have had pets instead of children if they?re so worried about their young?uns growing up to fuck (since you can legally neuter your pets) that their precious daughters will never have a sexual urge in their lives.
And make no mistake, this is about daughters ? there are father/daughter purity balls where the father, unable to lay claim to his actual flesh and blood through the way he laid claim to his other female property, his wife, instead has an elaborate ritual where he extracts a promise from her that her vagina is his until he sells it she marries someone he presumably approves of.
The following caption accompanied the above picture on the Generations of Light Purity Ball website: “One of the most memorable highlights of the ball is when the fathers stand in the middle of the ballroom and form a circle around their daughters standing all aglow in their lovely ball gowns. The fathers place their hands on their daughters, and together we pray for purity of mind, body, and soul for generations to come.”