Virginity Balls and Girls Gone Wild Videos

What do these things have in common: they both use female sexuality as a commodity–something to be prodded, packaged, obsess over and make a crap load of money from.

Sadly, this is a fact.

The purpose of feminism, despite what anti-feminist organizations believe, is to take the emphasis off the female body, sexuality, youth and put it on her intellectual, professional and social achievements. Only when women are judged by the content of their character and their professional and intellectual achievements can they achieve true equality. Only then will it be okay for 80-something year old Barbara Walters to let her hair turn naturally gray instead of dying it blond to create the illusion of youth, something that 40-something year old Anderson Cooper doesn’t have to worry about. He’s called the ‘silver fox’; his full head of gray hair is after all, a sexy thing.

Today, a woman’s worth is a measure of her youth, beauty and sex appeal, and maybe her role as a wife and mother. Yeah, not much has changed since ancient times.

Obsessing over the female body/virginity, as the purity movements and Girls Gone Wild culture have done, is harmful to young women, and thus is making it impossible for young females to develop healthy mental and social attitudes, for they are constantly being reminded that without their virginity they have no self-worth.

The people running these movements are profiting heavily from videos, books, greeting cards, etc. Young girls attend purity balls with their fathers to whom they pledge their virginity until marriage and fathers give them lockets and hold on to the keys, which they promise to give to the daughters’ husbands on their wedding days. As if these balls aren’t creepy enough, they belong to an primitive and sexist culture and tradition where females are commodities. Not surprisingly, there is no male equivalent of purity balls, because boys can do whatever they want to with their bodies, because their bodies are immune to impurity and soiling. It’s really the body of the female they aim to control, because she is fickle.

Even sadder is that the U.S. government puts millions of dollars into these virginity programs that have proven ineffective time and again (95% of pledges lose their virginity by the time they’re in their late teens).

Book Recommendation

1. Virgin: the Untouched History by Hanne Blank
2. The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti
3. Female Chauvinist Pig by Ariel Levy

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