Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Purity BALLS

Apparently Colorado Springs is home not only to homophobic right-wing "Christians" with reformation camps, they're making sure their girls stay "pure." Apparently women who choose to have sex are dirty, impure and don't deserve jewlry. And not only that, it's a WAR dad. Because these girls have no brains and need you to fight for the integrity of their h-units. It's like a yuppie version of a chastity belt only, like you totally like get to wear this super cool ring like on your hand. From you dad. It's a pledge to your dad that you will not have spread your wings and stay a virgin. I am all about women making the choices they want including abstinence as a personal decision, but not by bribery. And certainly not as a means of throwing a party in honor of your cherry. And, how do they know if a girl keeps her promise? Do the dads then check said area? And if failing said test do the girls have to give back the ring? I actually had a friend in high school who wore one of these "Promise" rings from her stepdad pledging her religious chastity and then, after getting knocked up in college, dropped out. I guess it wasn't a real diamond.

Seriously gross.

Glamour Magazine reports:
  • Welcome to Colorado Springs’ Seventh Annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball, held at the five-star Broadmoor Hotel. The event’s purpose is, in part, to celebrate dad-daughter bonding, but the main agenda is for fathers to vow to protect the girls’ chastity until they marry and for the daughters to promise to stay pure. Pastor Randy Wilson, host of the event and cofounder of the ball, strides to the front of the room, takes the microphone and asks the men, “Are you ready to war for your daughters’ purity?”


Anonymous said...

Can't even deal with this one. It is like a reverse form of prostitution. I can understand a parent's concern for the well being of their young and naive child, but there are ways to communicate this that do not involve bribing them with material goods. Do they really think they are teaching "self respect" by buying them off? I think that would teach them a whole other set of values including flagrant materialism, greed, and an even stronger worship of the almighty dollar. Boo hiss.


Danni said...

It just seems vile and unhealthy.

Water cooler: What did you do last night Bob?

Bob: I celebrated my daughter's hoo hoo and gave her a ring so she won't use it.

Ferg said...

People, people...it's not that women who choose to have sex don't deserve jewelry, so much as that it's that necklaces are likely to be used as bridles and broken, bracelets used as handcuffs and broken in the throws of passion, rings likely to get lost in orifices (orifi?) and earring likely to be crusted over in well, ya know...

The only pieces that are safe, really, are broaches and tiaras, but broaches make you seem like a dried up hag, and tiaras make you look like a whore.

It's just like you liberals to spin something such as denying sexually active women jewelry simply because it's impractical into something incestuous and nasty.

Shame on you. Get your minds out of the gutter.