The fundamentalist machine of Christianity – and its attendant programme of social engineering – is gathering pace at an alarming rate. While public chastity vows have been a regular feature of parts of American society for 7 or so years, we’re now also able to take our teenage daughters to “chastity balls“, where fathers and their offspring can slow dance to songs about god’s love, and promise to protect/be protected from impurity until “the right time” arrives.
Besides the fact that the stats show none of this makes much difference (STD rates are similar whether or not these sorts of vows are taken, and 90% of girls dont adhere to the vows anyway), the possible consequences for the social welfare of the daughters is alarming, as mentioned in the linked article.
One also fears more generally for the impact these movements have on the person’s ability to develop into an effective human being, who can adequately deal with with the sort of shit life throws at you on a regular basis. Unless you manage to keep your (now socially retarded) child in familiar surrounds, surrounded by equally socially-retarded friends, they’re basically being set up for some form of world-view collapse at some point in their future. And surely even towns like Zoloft Jesusville will one day be dragged into the real world?
For a look at the belly of this beast, visit Focus on the Family, where you can find moving accounts of chastity balls, all sorts of advice, books like “Longing for Daddy”, and of course opportunities to either pray for, or give money to, Dr. James Dobson. Also, check out this image of girls at a (seemingly pagan) prequel to a chastity ball – aren’t they sexy?