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Are Purity Pledges Harmful?
Purity pledges are part of a culture that contributes to a variety of harmful stereotypes.
Purity pledges can place a double burden on victims of sexual harassment and violence.
These stigmas can lead to pledgers suffering from psychological issues.
These programs are
and often stigmatize other sexualities as deviant.
Purity pledges contribute to harmful stigmas about virginity.
These programs focus on
traditional gender roles
, such as female passivity and male aggressiveness.
Purity culture goes
- it has to be accompanied by a total, whole-person commitment to repressing every aspect of your sexuality and conforming to acceptable standards of sexuality.
In the face of rampant hypersexualization, chastity is a way to rebel against stereotypes about gender and sexuality.
Purity pledges are no different than any traditional culture's approach to sexuality and virginity at marriage, and it isn't clear how this exists as a separate issue from a critique of religious conservatism.