Purity Culture Screwed Me

Pictured : A silver purity ring that is worn, and reads “Faith, Love, Purity.” The word “Love” is in the shape of a heart. It is sitting on a dish with the word “worthy” that has been aged and worn to where you can’t really tell what it says without studying it for a moment.

First, I want to acknowledge a few things. 1. I am going to tackle Purity Culture (I’m fooling no one with the title) and the ways I feel it damaged me, but I recognize that I’ve been lucky: My boundaries and physical self have always been respected. As a heterosexual cisgender woman, purity culture didn’t cause the depth of harm in my life that I know it did in the lives of many friends who identify differently. 2. I use gendered language and…