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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

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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ISBN : 9781501124815
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages
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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free Reviews

  • David

    A look back on the fallout from the 1990s evangelical "purity movement" and where it has left many people today. (e.g., a recent apology from Josh Harris for convincing millions of teenagers not to date: )

  • Kelsey

    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.

  • Shari Ariail

    The topic of how evangelism and the purity movement damages young girls is interesting in the milieu of the me too movement. The author shared her own damaging experiences with the denigrating beliefs of the evangelical church which taught that women are inferior to men and how it affected her life and those of her friends. The structure of the book was not successful as the author attempted to interweave pieces of her stories with those of the women she interviewed resulting in a choppiness and ...more

  • Stefanie Merrifield

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    The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free." Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the purity movement. She spent 12 years interviewing friends, and strangers, who grew up in the same environment. During this time she was able to confirm her belief that she wasn't alone in, to be over-simplistic, sexual shame

  • Jen Gray

    You don’t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author’s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help some women begin to heal, if only in knowing they are not alone and not crazy.

  • Meghan

    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

  • Heather Yockey

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn’t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that’s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book. If you are a white woman who has grown up in this subculture, chances are you’ll find yourself in one of the many stories included in this book. Strict home? Hippy parents? Obedient? Rebellious ? The writer noted all ...more

  • Robert D. Cornwall

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate hearings, the question was, who will you believe? Too often down through the ages, we believe the man and not the woman. Could it be that we have different expectations for women than men. If a woman is found to b ...more