The purity myth

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  • The United States is obsessed with virginity from the media to schools to government agencies. The Purity Myth is an important and timely critique of about why this is so, and why it's problematic for girls and women. Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Jessica Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways our society links a woman's worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. With intelligence and wit, this film exposes the legal and social punishments that women who dare to have sex endure, while presenting a powerful argument that evaluating girls and women on their sexuality needs to stop.


  • Based on the book: The purity myth: how America's obsession with virginity is hurting young women / Jessica Valenti.
  • Special features: More from MEF [previews] (17 min.).
  • "This program contains sexual content that may be inappropriate for some audiences"--Credits.
  • DVD ; NTSC, all region ; Dolby Digital stereo ; aspect ratio 16:9.
  • In English with optional English subtitles.


  • Introduction -- Classroom chastity -- The ethics of passivity -- Forever young -- Legislating chastity
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