If the story of Chicken Little has an antithetic counterpart, this just has to be it. Sometimes you just have to sit and wonder how these people manage to make it to adulthood without choking on their own total idiocy. Story via Crooks&Liars:
In what is becoming a trend among conservative Christians in the United States, girls as young as nine are pledging to their fathers to remain virgins until they wed, in elaborate ceremonies dubbed “Purity Balls.”
The gala affairs are intended to celebrate the father-daughter relationship.
The highlight is when the fathers and daughters exchange vows, with dad signing a covenant to protect his daughter’s chastity by living an unblemished life and the daughter promising not to have sex until marriage.
Many fathers at the ceremonies also slip “purity rings” around the finger of their misty-eyed daughters or offer them “chastity bracelets” and other jewelry that the girls can entrust to their husbands on their wedding night.
“The father makes a pledge that he is going to keep his mind pure and be faithful to her mother and there is also a time when there is a conversation about putting the right kinds of things in your mind, such as the father not using pornography,” Leslee Unruh, founder of Abstinence Clearinghouse, a leader in the so-called purity movement, told AFP in describing the balls.
Ah, where to begin? Surely not with the laughable name “Abstinence Clearinghouse.” Get yer virgins, get yer virgins here! I’m surprised the Muslims aren’t lined up around the corner! No, seriously, they have a contest every year, and if you win Ed McMahon shows up at your house with the key to your chastity belt! You’ll be the center of attention in church!
All kidding aside, this entire concept fails in several obvious ways. Not only does it reek of being a man-made sacrament–not one Divinely Inspired–with the father and daughter exchanging vows–but it’s clearly a sexist exercise that emphasizes the vagina as a prize to be won and places the onus of sexual responsibility on the girl. While at the same time, the only thing these people tell their children about sex is not to have it. That’s it. That’s the extent of the education. I certainly don’t have a problem with teaching abstinence, but if that’s all you’re teaching then you’re abstaining from teaching important facts!
Imagine yourself as a young girl, say, oh, I don’t know, nine years old or so. You go to this famous, fabulous Purity Ball, get a ring and exchange vows with Daddy (I’d be freaking out already, people), Vow to Never Have Sex Before Marriage, then go home afterwards with nothing more said about sex until some cute young boy comes up to you in school and says he wants to show you something. Well, you wonder, whatever could he want to show me? Because you don’t know what a penis is, being home-schooled and all. (If you do, that’s a whole other problem.) Then what happens?
Read the studies(2005):
Slightly more than half of American teenagers ages 15 to 19 have engaged in oral sex, with females and males reporting similar levels of experience, according to the most comprehensive national survey of sexual behaviors ever released by the federal government.
The report released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the proportion increases with age to about 70 percent of all 18- and 19-year-olds.
I was so born before my time.
Oh, the irony of it all. These kids don’t use protection because they don’t believe that “oral” sex is “sex,” and they think they’re not at risk. Because no one has ever told them what the risks are. They’re forbidden from using condoms or contraception because sex outside of marriage is a sin. MEANWHILE they’re practicing what the BIBLE calls SODOMY-(anything besides missionary, folks, not just in da butt). And the increase in teen participation in oral sex came after Bush initiated his Abstinence funding programs.
So, here’s what we’ve got:
- The Heresy of a man-made, not divinely inspired soon-to-be-sacrament (mark my words)
- Fathers exchanging vows and rings with their daughters (ew, ew, ew)
- Young girls vowing to not take place in sex before marriage, even though they have no idea what sex is or what any of the risks are or any relevant information.
- Young boys who seemingly have no responsibility at all–it’s all up to the girls to keep their treasure safe!
- These same kids breaking their vows because they don’t think oral sex is sex at all. Which, if these people really wanted their kids to remain abstinent, they’d have taught them about in the first place.
I’ve never understood how avoiding a full disclosure conversation with your kids about sex is supposed to keep them safe. Ignorance is the STD’s Trojan Horse.