The first two hours of the gala passed like any somewhat awkward night out with parents, the men doing nearly all the talking and the girls struggling to cut their chicken.
But after dessert, the 63 men stood and read aloud a covenant â€œbefore God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the area of purity.â€?
The gesture signaled that the fathers would guard their daughters from what evangelicals consider a profoundly corrosive â€œhook-up culture.â€? The evening, which alternated between homemade Christian rituals and giddy dancing, was a joyous public affirmation of the girlsâ€™ sexual abstinence until they wed.
Good times! I guess if your dad is going to be pledging ownership over your body, you might as well get some “giddy dancing” in! There’s also a creepy slide show to boot.
Picture from The New York Times.