I am the thing I was taught to hate

My brother tells me a joke that he and one of the pastor's kids laugh about at youth group. "Let's go get Christian t-shirts from Mardel’s and drink beer like the New Life Christians! Hahahahaha!" I don't laugh. I feel the gut punch. Pause. "Do you know anyone from New Life Church? Have you ever met … Continue reading I am the thing I was taught to hate

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Why Joy Williams’ new music video defies purity culture

Joy Williams has left purity culture. Like, in a major way. Last year, she released a new music video for the song "Woman (Oh Mama)." When I found it a few months ago, my first thought was: if CCM shunned Jaci Velasquez for her underwear scene in Chasing Papi, what will they ever do with Joy Williams' … Continue reading Why Joy Williams’ new music video defies purity culture

Purity Culture isn’t just a Christian thing

I spent my teenage years immersed in purity culture, in both evangelical and fundamentalist Christian circles. If you were homeschooled, went to youth group, or wore a purity ring, you know what I'm talking about. Purity culture was an ideology, a movement complete with books like Dannah Gresh's Secret Keeper and single women's retreats. One of my conservative … Continue reading Purity Culture isn’t just a Christian thing