Tag Archives: purity culture

Let them live: Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, and Rihanna as erotic and holistic

TweetLast week when I wrote about women telling their boyfriends to “check their bitches” my ending bio included an exasperated “Maya Angelou didn’t die for this shit.” And I meant it. When it comes to black women, the “shit” I’m referring to  goes beyond the defense mechanisms of scorned lovers on Love & Hip Hop. The [...]
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Quote of the Day: “I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me.”

TweetClare is a 17-year-old girl who was kicked out of her senior prom because some of the chaperones feared she was inspiring “impure thoughts” among the boys by swaying to the music in her regulation-length dress. “Please, please tell me I’m not the only one who think it doesn’t matter how people are dressed or how they [...]
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High school student’s “rape culture” artwork banned from showcase for being “inappropriate”

Tweet Censoring a student’s artwork exploring rape culture out of a concern for “the children”? Yep, that sounds about par for the course for the US educational system. Gracie Holtzclaw, a high school senior in South Carolina, was one of the young artists selected to display her work at the Greenville County Schools Art Exhibition [...]
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Film: How to Lose Your Virginity

Tweet I have a little sister and, like any good feminist, I spend a lot of time making sure that she knows that her worth extends beyond her beauty, her body, and her sexuality. As she is still a teenager, a big topic in her life and that of her peers lately has been virginity. Personally, [...]
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Lifetime’s “Preachers’ Daughters” Shows Everything That is Wrong with Purity Culture

Tweet This week, I came home to my sister watching a show On Demand, Preachers’ Daughters, that followed the lives of three different daughters who had one or both parents as pastors. As someone who grew up in a family that regularly attended a Pentecostal church, I was interested in seeing how Lifetime would choose to [...]
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