Anti-Purity Ball: Jessica Valenti on Fighting Sexualization
Jessica Valenti, Founder of Feministing.com and author of three books, created the documentary film "The Purity Myth," in which she explored the cultural phenomenon of purity balls and the effect it is having on young women, our culture and even politics.
"My concern is that we're fighting sexualization with more sexualization," Jessica says. "My worry is that by having kind of virginity pledges and purity balls, you're focusing so much on girls' virginity, you're still sexualizing them."
Jessica also argues that much of the reason behind why girls have embraced the purity "trend" is because they see no other alternative to the hyper-sexualized pop culture in which young women are so heavily immersed.
Jessica also questions why the emphasis of "purity" is a girl's virginity.
"When you say 'well, virgins are pure,' then what does that mean for those of us who aren't virgins?" Jessica wonders. "That we're impure? That we're damaged? That we're dirty?"
Hear more about what Jessica believes should be emphasized in healthy development for young women, rather than virginity. Watch.