Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Earn Your Right To Wear White

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 This lovely thong comes courtesy of The Daily Christian.  For a mere $8.99 you can have a daily reminder on your crotch about the importance of being virginal. Better keep it pure because Mr.Perfect doesn't want used goods. Hey do you think that if you happen to be a lesbian the message would be the same? I'm thinking nope cause these fundies don't recognize that as real sex anyway.  Will these idiots never run out of ways to police female sexuality?

The other troubling aspect of this insulting little advertisement is whiteness as the personification of goodness and purity. I suppose if it had been printed on a black thong women would have just lost all control and had sex willy nilly all over the place.  We're all just striving to achieve whiteness and goodness...

10 comments:

Larry Geater said...

The people who market this crap are just making jokes of themselves and unintentionaly serving to promote what they claim to opose. I imagine that most of those wearing these are wearing them ironicaly.

Renee said...

@Larry Unfortunately I don't believe they are wearing them ironically the abstinence movement is huge...it is supported by things like purity balls...the controlling of female sexuality has really gone mainstream and I find it frightening.

Larry Geater said...

Unfortunately I don't believe they are wearing them ironically the abstinence movement is huge

Those who buy them are not thinking of it as ironic. I am sure that the parents believe that their little princeses are buying the BS. They are sadly mistaken. The kids know that this stuff is BS and reject it. They are the ones who will see this product in the ironic light it deserves.

Petula Wright said...

Wow, interesting perspective. I think there's some validity to the abstinence movement. Some, possibly a small percentage, are heeding the message and it isn't just directed to females. The Purity Ball is only one aspect of trying to encourage young people to remain virgins until marriage and it just happens to be geared toward females. Someone should step up and direct something specifically toward males. I think those who criticize this are missing the big picture and those who aren't successful with it are also missing something.

In essence, there isn't anything wrong with remaining abstinent, but it is a choice so let those who decide to choose that have their ways of doing it. Or not doing it! LOL. An-t-way, to each his - or her - own.

Sandalstraps said...

Renee,

One day I may post on my own past involvement with the abstinence movement.

As a teenager I was part of the program True Love Waits, which coupled religious education with abstinence only sex education. At the end of the program, each teenager - male and female - signed a pledge card vowing to abstain from sex until marriage.

That particular program, while no doubt aiming to police female sexuality, was as harmful to the boys as it was to the girls, teaching both genders that our sexuality, and by extension our very bodies, are at the very least in need of serious restraint. I've written some on the philosophic commitments that undergird this fear of the sexual, most notably neo-Platonism. But I've never put together an autobiographical post that serves as a kind of post-mortum analysis.

Ironically, I - who have abandoned both philosophic commitments that undergird this sexual ethic and the sexual ethic itself - am one of the few people in that program that made good on the vow we took. And that as much as the psychological damage done especially to girls but also to boys, is the real harm of this movement. Abstinence programs have little demonstrated impact on teenage sexual behavior. Teenagers who have gone through such programs are no less (or, at best, trivially less) likely to have sex than their peers. However, they are considerably less likely to have safe sex, for reasons I may get into in my hypothetical future post.

In any event, the abstinence program that I was a part of, as well as the ethos of the culture around me at that time in my life, did me no favors after I got married and became sexually active. That's for sure. It is extremely unhealthy to teach teenagers that sex is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad!; and then say, OK, now it's good.

troubleinchina said...

Petula,

The male-movement is called "Integrity Balls". They go to a ball with their moms and promise to have integrity around women. It's pitched to them as "Don't have sex with another man's future wife."

I see that as pretty darned skeevy - but not as skeevy as young girls getting purity rings from their fathers.vsliz

Donna said...

This reminds me of the K-Swiss ad that Sylvia wrote a post about, "Keep It Pure", and purity was all about whiteness there too.
http://problemchylde.wordpress.com/2008/05/03/keep-what-pure-k-swiss/

Donna said...

Hmmm let's see if I can make that a clickable link.

Keep What Pure K-Swiss?

Dr. Jay SW said...

I wonder if, in practice, this is actually a turn-on for naughty young evangelicals--a reminder of just how BAD they're being when they violate their chastity vows.

revjohnny said...

Fundie Undies? In a thong? That seems counter intuitive.