Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence
First taking hold of the American cultural imagination in the 1990s, the sexual purity movement of contemporary evangelicalism has since received considerable attention from a wide range of media outlets, religious leaders, and feminist critics. Virgin Nation offers a history of this movement
that goes beyond the Religious Right, demonstrating a link between sexual purity rhetoric and fears of national decline that has shaped American ideas about morality since the nineteenth century.
Concentrating on two of today's best known purity organizations, True Loves Waits and Silver Ring Thing, Sara Moslener's investigation reveals that purity work over the last two centuries has developed in concert with widespread fears of changing traditional gender roles and sexual norms, national
From the purity reformers of the nineteenth century to fundamentalist leaders such as Billy Graham and Carl F.H. Henry, Moslener illuminates the evolution of a strain of purity rhetoric that runs throughout Protestant evangelicalism.
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Moslener, a professor of religion at Central Michigan University, traces the development of Christian rhetoric around sexual purity through the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on the links drawn ... Read full review
Sexual Purity and National Security
1 Sexual Purity and Civilization Work in the 19th Century
Religious Revival and Sexual Deviance in the Cold War Era
3 Making Family Values
4 New Purity Revolution
5 Performing Sexual Purity in the Media Age