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    DescriptionThe United States is obsessed with virginity -- from the media to schools to government agencies. In The Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti argues that the country's intense focus on chastity is damaging to young women. Through in-depth cultural and social analysis, Valenti reveals that powerful messaging on both extremes -- ranging from abstinence-only curriculum to "Girls Gone Wild" infomercials -- place a young woman's worth entirely on her sexuality. Morals are therefore linked purely to sexual behavior, rather than values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. Valenti sheds light on the value -- and hypocrisy -- around the notion that girls remain virgins until they're married by putting into context the historical question of purity, modern abstinence-only education, pornography, and public punishments for those who dare to have sex. The Purity Myth presents a revolutionary argument that girls and women are overly valued for their sexuality, as well as solutions for a future without a damaging emphasis on virginity.


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    Title
    The Purity Myth
    Subtitle
    How America's Obsession With Virginity is Hurting Young Women
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jessica Valenti
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781580053143
    ISBN 10: 1580053149
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: PSY016000
    LC classification: HM
    DC22: 306.73
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25340
    Ingram Subject Code: GS
    Libri: I-GS
    Abridged Dewey: 305
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 53
    DC22: 305.40973
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JMU, JBSF1
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Edition statement
    First Trade Paper Edition
    Publisher
    Avalon Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Avalon Publishing Group
    Publication date
    04 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York