Daddy I Do

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.

H/T RH Reality Check, Glamour.

-David Drumm (Nal)

 

32 thoughts on “Daddy I Do

  1. Buddha,

    If you listen to the lyrics of ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’ they really do not make much sense if done by a songstress; for example, “While tearing off a game of golf, I might make a play for the caddie”

    The song was written by Cole Porter in the 1930s and very few women played golf then. Although Porter was married, he was bisexual and was openly homosexual. Therefore, the lyrics were most likely from a gay man’s perspective and that is why the song is a bit creepy when done by a woman, although many of the great songstresses have performed it very well, as the sultry Julie London did.

  2. FFLEO,

    I did not know that was a Cole Porter tune. I’ve learned something new thing today, so it was a day not wasted. I like it when that happens. Thanks.

  3. Buddha,

    Mr. Porter was an interesting musical genus. My favorite song of his is ‘Don’t Fence Me In, which surprises many people who would not think it as as Cole Porter composition.

  4. Like Bing says, that’s a great song. I’ve never heard this version though, also great. The Andrews Sisters had a wonderful sound.

  5. Buddha,

    Regarding writing a book on 20th Century American music, I certainly have enough music related books as references, including many of the consummate music historian/author Joel Whitburn’s books (19 of those at last count).

    Ever since the early 1950s—when as a little kid listening to Hank Williams on the radio and hearing the sounds of honky-tonk music emanating from country bars—I wanted to be a professional musician; however, my life took a much different direction. I did not use the bulk of my GI Bill for schooling and I once strongly considered getting another degree, but this time in music. Alas, I am unlikely to write a book on music and I will have to be content to live my musical literary aspirations vicariously through the talents of others.

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