I admit, I haven’t read Jessica Valenti‘s book “The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women”.
Study after study has shown that more information and access to contraceptives are the key to preventing unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
The abstinence-only approach goes hand in hand with the Christianists’ feverish attempts to keep any and all information about sexuality out of the hands of the demographic that arguably needs it most – young people.
By the author’s estimate, $50 million in taxpayer money has been wasted on abstinence-only “education” which often incorporate outright lies in order to scare kids out of having sex.
Now there is a movie based on Valenti’s book, which is now on DVD:
The trailer looks interesting, and seems to drive home the point that all the right-wing fuss is really about controlling women.
As ever, the right continues to live in a foregone era that never actually happened.
They think that if they can force the rest of us to go along with their Donna Reed/June Cleaver fantasy, America will be great again.
If only women could do what they were designed for: Make babies, cook, clean and do laundry.
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