The Purity Myth was a lot to take in. I found myself cringing at almost everything in the film. Jessica Valenti did an amazing job at analyzing how society is actually sexualizing young girls by requiring them to be “pure” until marriage. Celebrities such as Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson were in the spotlight for their singing careers, along with their statements of being virgins. They were extremely sexualized in the media. What did it even matter if they were virgins? The documentary showed the clip of Britney Spears responding to the question if she was or was not a virgin. Who asks that in a press conference? That’s disgusting and irrelevant. She is meant to entertain audiences by singing and dancing and the media has made her highlight her sexuality. However, she could have ignored the question and she could fight against wearing skimpy clothes and dancing provocatively. But it is clear in our society that sex sells.
Also, the Purity Balls were disturbing. I understand everyone has their own ideas of morals and values, and I respect those who decide to wait to have sex until marriage. However, I emphasize that it should be their own decision. These Purity Balls pressured young girls, some as little as 6, to pledge their virginity to their fathers. Does a 6 year old even know what sex is? Or what it means to be a virgin or to not be a virgin? I found this aggravating, especially when Valenti brought up that the Purity Balls reinforce the sexualizing of young girls because the event is treated like a prom. The girls wear formal dresses and get their hair and make-up done for the night.
The documentary also discussed birth control. The clip from The Colbert Report was hilarious. He made a point to criticize the people who believe birth control is a gateway for women to have sex with as many people as they wanted. I can’t believe people actually believed this. I am more than willing to listen to other people’s viewpoints, however, this is one I have a hard time believing. Especially because this probably would not be an issue if men could get pregnant. It is unfortunate that reproduction has to be a political issue.