From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianitys purity culture has had on a generation of young womenin 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 girls sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girlsresulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorderand 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 pu...
|Title||:||Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free|
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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free Reviews
The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book.
Absolutely incredible. Most impactful book I’ve read in a very long time. Should be required reading for every woman who grew up Christian/part of the purity movement.
This book is sad on two levels.
1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church.
2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by the author.
Reading this, my heart hurt for the women who were physically and emotionally manipulated and abused, even as I winced through the unnecessarily graphic details of sexual exploits that indicated their "freed ...more
I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS’s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly recommend. I couldn’t put it down.
Difficult to read because, even having been raised Catholic, it hit extremely close to home. I've heard similar stories from several friends. Linda has uncovered something huge and real and devastating here, and we should all pay attention.
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the requests and reviews from our patrons and from goodreads and this book was very powerful in the message that it conveyed. This "movement" impacted a lot of people and made a strong difference in not only that community but worldwide. I was hit hard with a whirl of emotions and disbelief that this strong view had such a strong impact on people. The book displayed some heartfelt stories, shocking revelations and important life lessons th ...more
Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country—one that affects us all, evangelical or not.
A little rambling, but there are stories to tell. The effect of the purity culture in the church on women. This is about women and for women, but the culture has adverse effects on me as a father and a man in the church. How I raised my children esp. my daughters and the effect it had on their lives. This is an important topic for parents to consider.