Why is the Pressure to Be Pure Only on Women?
Regardless of whether purity balls are good or bad, young women still face a tremendous amount of pressure to stay "pure" and "virginal," while young men are typically not held to these same standards.
Anderson wonders aloud to the Bonk family whether or not a double standard is at play, because in light of purity balls, it still seems that young men aren't attending like-minded events with their mothers.
"If I had two sons sitting up here next to me, I would hope that the show would be about the same subject," says Mike, whose two daughters have made the pledge to be pure. "Because there are events for young men."
Jessica Valenti, who made the documentary movie "The Purity Myth," says that while integrity balls do exist for young men, there is a key difference in the underlying messages and intentions of these balls, versus the purity balls that young women attend.
Hear Jessica explain this difference, and hear more from the Bonk family about the possibility of a double standard, in the video below.