Thursday, April 09, 2009

But would you let your daughter read it?

Jessica Valenti has a book out, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women:
Through in-depth cultural and social analysis, Valenti, the founder and executive editor of, reveals that powerful messaging on both extremes--ranging from abstinence curriculum to “Girls Gone Wild” infomercials--place a young woman’s worth entirely on her sexuality. Morals are therefore linked purely to sexual behavior, rather than values like honesty, kindness, and altruism.
I'm sorry, but that part I've boldfaced reminds me of the French ancien-regime father who walks in on his daughter and her lover, in flagrante delicto. He's furious, and the daughter cries out, "Oh, but papa, so little trouble for me -- so much pleasure for him!" Kindness and altruism.

Anyway, via 3QD, which links to a discussion of Valenti's no doubt worthy book.

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