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The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
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Jessica Valenti
“The desirable virgin is sexy but not sexual. She's young, white, and skinny. She's a cheerleader, a babysitter; she's accessible and eager to please (remember those ethics of passivity!). She's never a woman of color. SHe's never a low-income girl or a fat girl. She's never disabled. "Virgin" is a designation for those who meet a certain standard of what women, especially young women, are supposed to look like. As for how these young women are supposed to act? A blank slate is best.”
Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

Jessica Valenti
“For women especially, virginity has become the easy answer- the morality quick fix. You can be vapid, stupid, and unethical, but so long as you've never had sex, you're a "good" (i.e. "moral) girl and therefore worthy of praise.”
Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women


Reading Progress

July 29, 2009 – Shelved
August 11, 2009 – Shelved as: feminism
August 11, 2009 – Shelved as: social-political-commentary
August 11, 2009 –
page 20
7.6%
August 18, 2009 –
page 52
19.77%
Started Reading
August 19, 2009 –
page 174
66.16%
August 19, 2009 – Finished Reading
January 3, 2016 – Shelved as: favorites

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