Thursday, April 20, 2006

Purity Ball

Purity Ball

This event, recently held in South Dakota (courtesy of the Abstinence Clearinghouse), can pretty much be summed up as Ritualistic Surrender of My Sexuality to Daddy. At the Purity Ball, girls don prom dresses to be escorted by their fathers to a Dominionist's wet dream of a formal dance where dad and daughter pose for prom-style pictures under a heart-shaped arch of balloons.

ok, I was one of those people "who pooh-pooh the notion that abortion restrictions and abstinence movements are, at their cores, solely about controlling women's sexuality"
While I'm not saying that all anti-abortion/abstinence people are so motivated, I can't deny that these purity balls' are acts of control over women (as mentioned, there are no such customs for boys) and their sexuality.
While I can applaud the attempts to guide a daughter's sexual behavior, I can't help but see this as a 'women are still only women, not men' kind of thing.
Face it, girls, daddy owns your cunt and then hubby does.

(ok, that first bit is really disturbing)


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