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How Purity Balls and Purity Culture Pervert Girlhood

How Purity Balls and Purity Culture Pervert Girlhood


This paper examines how Evangelical purity culture sexualizes women from birth. This conversation includes discussions around submission, childhood innocence, and dehumanization.

I wrote this paper for my final in my Women's Studies class. I am a transfer student. Even though I did not get the opportunity to experience the traditional joys of the semester like making new friends or spending downtime in the library studying, this paper unexpectedly offered me opportunity. Thanks to Professor You-Me Park's open-ended prompt, I ended up writing about a topic that interested me. I ended up spending many more hours and using several more sources for the project than I originally had imagined. I lost myself in the work in the best possible way. In the end, this paper allowed me to improve my skills of research. I included several original sources from evangelical media like purity pledges and balanced those sources with secondary pieces of analysis like Dr. Gish's article about Princesses and Fatherly Priesthood. My writing skills also improved. I was able to incorporate things I had learned in my symbolic logic course (taught by Dr. David Lindeman) and make my integrate my passion for philosophy and English in a seamless way. This paper made me grow as a student and provided an escape during a difficult time. This paper made me happy I go to Georgetown.

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WGST 140 - Intro Women's/Gender Studies with Professor You-Me Park
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