Filmmaker Cassie Jaye’s debut documentary, Daddy I Do, which won the 2010 Best Documentary at the Cannes Independent Film Festival, deals with the “purity” culture. In this culture young girls pledge their “gift” of virginity to daddy. There are “purity” balls, “purity” rings, and “purity” t-shirts.
The incestuous undertone of the “purity” movement pegs my creepiness meter.
The tux, gown, rings, vows, dancing, are all designed to mimic a wedding. Where there’s a wedding, there’s money to be made, and gullible people willing to spend it.
Beyond that, the “purity” movement teaches girls that their value, in the eyes of God, depends on them being virgins. This is not about STDs or teen pregnancy, it’s about the devaluation of girls who engage in premarital sex. Boys, on the other hand, are devalued by not having premarital sex.
This virginity fetish should not be allowed anywhere near schools. That these balls are federally funded violates any notion of church/state separation.
-David Drumm (Nal)