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The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women

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  • Posted July 5, 2009

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    This book was engaging and intellectual.

    "The Purity Myth" was not the first book I ready by Jessica Valenti, but it has quickly become my favorite. It includes thorough and well-documented research to support her claims that abstinence-only-until-marriage model of prescribed sexuality for women is actually hurting the women it claims to protect. While her message is controversial, Valenti is careful not to malign the individual choices of particular women, but rather she is pointing out a cultural message which she claims is designed to control and restrict the rights of women (particularly young women).

    Valenti's style is witty and easy to read while being academic and intellectual -- regardless of whether or not the reader agrees with her position, Valenti's intelligence and honesty are clearly conveyed. I enjoyed reading this book immensely and highly recommend it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    A Book Every Woman Should Read!

    This book was wonderful and scary at the same time. Every woman between the ages of 8 and 80 should read this book and think really hard about women's roles in America.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

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    All Females Should Read This Book

    This book was excellent. It was a really smart look at how the sexualization of women from both mainstream society and the Puritanical virginity Nazi's create a situation where girls and women simply can't win. And, unlike most other books I have read criticizing the Religious Right, JV offers a well thought-out solution to the situation where all parties would benefit.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

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    The Purity Myth

    Wow! this book really outlines what I had been thinking for a long time - that there is too much of an obsession with purity - a very interesting book to read even if you may not agree with all of it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    By far one of my favorite books of all time!!! I believe that bo

    By far one of my favorite books of all time!!! I believe that both women AND men should read this! Quite insightful to the scary world that young women have to live in and how our society (even though we don't really realize we are doing it) not just allows, but encourages it to exist this way. Definitely recommend that anyone read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Love it

    Perfect amd straight forward. Valenti is amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Okay

    A good overview of the push for patriarchy with compelling ancedotes throughout. I wish there were more bookd like it and that she spent more time pointing out the problems with books like female chauvinist pigs. Overall, I found her writing style and the substance of the book lacking depth. She did at times convey passion especially through the ancredotes of women. I reccomend as a overview as well as for the stories of wonen affected by the purity myth.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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