Linda Kay Klein Ý 9 SUMMARYThanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC I grew up on the fringes of purity culture It wasn t part of my eligious upbringing but I was pretty well acuainted with the movement as a teen in the 90 s Mostly I mocked it as I did most things #Associated With The Christian Right #with the Christian Right those days Only after eading Klein s compassionate and empathetic book do I Alcora - O Acordo Secreto do Colonialismo realize how wrong I was to write off purity culture as some innocuous chastity craze It has left deep scars on thousands Millions Only God knows how many livesAs a practicing Christian I am appalled by the lack of love shown in this movement just as I have been appalled wheneading about the experiences of former Christian culture insiders like Vicky Beeching and Jennifer Knapp There is this attitude of us versus them an exclusivity I cannot econcile with the Gospel Jesus preached And the shame that haunts so many adherents of this movement It is unfathomable to me that this guilt and shame has its oots in a cultural phenomenon that is supposed to be about waiting for True Love Maybe it s maturity or maybe after eading story after story of how negatively True Love Waits etc have impacted the lives of so many of My Generation I Do generation I do find this chastity craze funny any It angers me It disappoints me It disheartens me But it doesn t make me laugh Klein s book about the purity movement and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the US may focus on a worthy enough subject but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34 page introduction I ve ead my share of undergraduate papers and this book put me in mind of them in spades clumsy prose unnecessary Before Copernicus repetition and the sloppy use of uotations from witnesses and supposed experts Bren Brown for example that illustrate no particular point very well From the little Iead was convinced that investing any time in warmed over social science thesis material would be foolish As I finished eading Pure the US Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memoriesclaims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life time appointment to the US Supreme Court The two may be different at one level and yet elated at another In the Senate hearings the uestion 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 Shame noun A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of purity during her teens leaving her with a feeling of shame over her body her femininity and her sexuality She is not the only one There are many many young people who have been indoctrinated with this insane notion of purity over the last 30 years The evangelical church teaches that sex outside of marriage is a sin and even having sexual thoughts or urges is sinful Many do not even allow hand ho I didn t grow up evangelical but I completely understand this purity culture and I m glad people like Klein are writing about it The purity myth is another great book on the same theme I did not love the format of the book I wanted to hear in Klein s voice history of the movement and data or commentary Instead Klein just interviews a lot of ex evangelicals and then Health and Wellbeing in Childhood reproduces the interviews almost verbatim Some are very intere. From a woman who has been there and back the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s purity culture has had on a generation of young women in a potent combination of journalism cultural commentary and memoirIn the 1990s a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture Purityings 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 girl’s sexuality could eflect the corruption of her character This message. ,
Sting and some just felt too long I eally liked the way she identifies a sort of post traumatic stress syndrome or a neural wiring that links sex with shame in these cultures and how that can effect girls for their Entire Lives I Would Have Loved Data lives I would have loved data expert commentary on that than what is provided 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 andor 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 freedom from the twisted vision of sexuality promoted in their evangelical upbringings The author epeatedly presents a false dichotomy between an oppressive legalistic and unbiblical view of women with a self gratifying love is love view of women that is even unbiblical It s a loselose situation True Christianity is lost in the tug of war between the author s unfair depictions of conservative Christianity and progressive Christianity However I do think it s important that we discuss sexuality in healthy God honoring ways Treating it as dirty unnatural shameful etc is harmful and wrong It s important to understand how the overemphasis on purity has hurt people especially women and distorted the Gospel While I never experienced half of what is described in these pages I grew up in a church that devalued women in practice leading to my own difficulty understanding femininity and accepting the ole God placed me in as a woman I appreciate the author s honesty and openness is discussing a deeply personal topic there are many uotes I noted for elate ability or for further thought There is definitely a conversation to be had here but it needs to be set within God s framework instead of our own I dnf d the book I m left feeling what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this Why can t men take esponsibility for their own actions What world are they living in One minute the author is a preteen next she is 15 then 26 no she s 21 Everyone around her is busy The Organization Man reinforcing each other into the myth that a girl must protect men from their teenage hormonal selves or else be known as dirt a snotty tissue a slut a slag manipulative and evil The Pastor obviously a major player in thisigged game married his wife when she was carrying his twins for which she has never ceased to be ashamed He isn t he is of the mindset do as I say not as I doThere s another myth they all seem to believe in that God whispers to them what to do and that they must do it Couldn t be a product of their own imagination So God tells the author that she is to finish with her boyfriend of many years despite the fact that they have done no than kissing For which she felt so guilty the view spoilerstupid
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book is well written well The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo researched and well paced Highlyecommend I couldnis well written well The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives: A Student Introduction researched and well paced Highlyecommend I couldn put it down This is The United States and Peru: Cooperation -- At a Cost reall. Traumatized many girlsesulting in anxiety fear and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and 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 punished with an out of wedlock pregnancy When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a twelve year old girl Klein began to. .
Y eally hard to eview I am glad this book exists I think it s important for people within the evangelical movement think it s important for people within the evangelical movement speak out against purity culture I genuinely hope women can Atala / René read this and find some answers in it or at least know they are not alone However I also think this book failed in a lot ofespectsI definitely have an interest in eading books about purity culture as I grew up in a conservative non denominational evangelical church and was subjected to many of the same lectures Klein writes about like how your body is chewing gum and no one wants to chew gum a bunch of people have chewed ugh I hate even typing out that garbage Klein starts out the book strong with
An Introduction Where She Explains Her Biases And How Sheintroduction where she explains her biases and how she about her esearch including who she picked for interviews Unlike Text Me When You Get Home a book about female friendships that virtually only contained interviews with white women but pretended to be about all female friendships I appreciate that Klein lays out exactly why her Dark Calling research was primarily about white women instead of pretending it was universal Klein is strongest when the book is most like a memoir in fact I think it would have been better to throw out the idea of scholarlyesearch and just write it as a memoir with interviews from people in her past also an avenue I think Kayleen Schaefer should have pursued with Text Me The interviews Klein does are heartbreaking and show exactly how horrible purity culture is and how much it damages women It s uncommon for me to Arabella Millers Tiny Caterpillar read critiues about purity from someone who lived it most of the time it s from feminists outside of the evangelicaleligion But the interviews start to get tedious Every woman has her own story and I fully believe it s incredibly important for them to feel they have a voice and deserve to be heard But after a while I started to think what is the point of this The women s stories might have been better put in a blog format because having to Prinzipien Der Gemeinschaftlichen Kosten- Und Schadenstragung Im Seerecht Und Au�ergew�hnliche Formen Der Haverei Im 18. Jahrhundert read the intense suffering of each women is emotionally exhausting Every woman also appeared to be still suffering from the effects and yet still involved in the church in some aspect and still had faith in god which is interesting to say the least There seally no hope shown in the individual situations for these women The last section of the book was where I O Sabor dos Caroços de Maçã really ended up getting upset I can excuse the depressing factor of the interviews as just needing a bit editing but I don t feel I can excuse how much Klein advocates for continued faith in the evangelicaleligion At no point whatsoever does Klein hint that anyone might gain some peace by leaving the Only the Hunted Run religion that torments them I am truly happy for Klein that she has been able toeconcile her hatred of purity culture with her faith that says the opposite but it s uite irresponsible to act like the only option for women who Edgar Cayce's Hidden History of Jesus reject it is just church albeit progressive church She never entertains the notion that perhaps for some women getting out of theeligion completely may be the healing that they need I just find it incredibly disappointing that she decided to spend the last few chapters proselytizing I m not going to go into a lengthy theology debate in a Goodreads Women and Disability: The Double Handicap reviews but it s laughable how Kleinefuses to acknowledge that the Bible is sexist She acts as if the blame for purity culture Hostile and Malignant Prejudice: Psychoanalytic Approaches rests solely on individuals in the church claiming that the Bible verses church leaders will uote are all taken out of context Oh honey Uestion the purity based sexual ethic She contacted young women she knew asking if they were coping with the same shame induced issues she was These intimate conversations developed into a twelve year uest that took her across the country and into the lives of womenaised in similar The Devil's Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square religious communities a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way toeconcile sexuality and spirituality Sexual shame is by no means confined to evangelical culture; Pure is a powerful wake up call about our society’s subjugation of women.
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