04 Feb '15, 4pm

New Post: "Taking The Lead in Developing New Sexual Ethics" (by @diannaeanderson

New Post: "Taking The Lead in Developing New Sexual Ethics" (by @diannaeanderson

Back in September of 2014, Sarah Diefendorf, a sociologist at the University of Washington, released a study she had conducted. The study followed fifteen men who had made pledges in 2008 to remain abstinent until marriage out of religious belief. Fourteen of those men were married in the six years following that pledge. And, according to interviews Diefendorf conducted with the men, many found little support for engaging in healthy sexual lives following their weddings. Diefendorf concluded that abstinence only education and pledges to remain pure create an unhealthy attitude toward sex that is based on shame, misogyny, and antiquated notions about sexual drives. While critics are sure to point out flaws with the study, the fact remains that Diefendorf’s work reflects the findings I have come across in my own informal studies of people who make purity pledges. Purity cult...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/sexual-ethics-dianna-ande...

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