The Purity Myth: The Viriginity Movement's War Against Women

This alternately hilarious and infuriating new film adaptation of pioneering feminist blogger Jessica Valenti's bestselling book makes a powerful case that evangelical Christians, right-wing politicians, and conservative activists have been using irrational fears around young women's sexuality to undermine women's autonomy and roll back women's rights. In a wide-ranging analysis that moves from 'purity balls' and the abstinence movement to right-wing attacks on Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive health care, Valenti targets the persistent patriarchal assumption that men know what's best for women -- and that a woman's worth depends on what she does, or does not do, sexually. The result is a timely and clarifying look at the relationship between women's equality, women's sexuality, and a reactionary political movement that is working on multiple fronts to undermine both. Ideal for courses in women's studies, women's health issues, gender studies, and contemporary politics.

Sections: Introduction (8:49) | Classroom Chastity (7:24) | The Ethics of Passivity (9:34) | Forever Young (7:18) | Legislating Chastity (11:14)

Jessica Valenti speaks at colleges and organizations across the country. To book Jessica for a speaking engagement, contact Jodi Solomon Speakers