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Pure : inside the evangelical movement that shamed a generation of young women and how I broke free  Cover Image Book Book

Pure : inside the evangelical movement that shamed a generation of young women and how I broke free / Linda Kay Klein.

Klein, Linda Kay, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781501124815
  • ISBN: 1501124811
  • ISBN: 9781501124822
  • ISBN: 150112482X
  • Physical Description: x, 340 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2018.

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General Note:
Publisher, publication date, and paging may vary.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-321) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Movement I: The stumbling blocks -- Sin, psychosis, or system -- The lie -- Pure destruction -- Sexual violence, classified -- Movement II: Stumbling through church -- Man-made girls -- The virgin -- The tigress -- Family values -- The stained-glass ceiling -- Movement III: Stumbling out of church -- Trapped -- Frozen -- The G(od) spot -- Dementor -- Movement IV: How we get over -- Going home -- The no shame movement -- Sanctuary.
Summary, etc.:
From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity's purity culture has had on a generation of young women--in a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir. In the 1990s, a "purity industry" emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual "stumbling blocks" for boys and men, and any expression of a girl's sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls--resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder--and trapped them in a cycle of shame.
Subject: Christian women > Sexual behavior.
Sex > Religious aspects > Christianity.
Women in Christianity.
Women's rights > Religious aspects > Christianity.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 7 of 8 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Rolla Public.


  • 1 current hold with 8 total copies.
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Rolla Public Library NF 261.8357 KLE (Text) 38256101823700 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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