All The Way
If this film is anything like Jessica Valenti’s awesome book The Purity Myth, I’m so there it’s insane. Having to watch the news cover this new phenomenon of “Purity Balls” and celebrities like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus pledge purity has left me seriously uneasy. Not because staying a virgin is a bad thing, but rather because those who pledge not to have intercourse until marriage are less likely to use a condom when they do have sex (and their rates of having oral and anal sex are higher) – in fact their rates of STDs are about the same as non-pledging teens.
And then there’s that whole virgin/whore dichotomy that’s just oh so wonderful to experience as a teen (and beyond, I’m sure). It’s like the girl in the Breakfast Club said (and I’m paraphrasing badly) “You’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.”
However, Therese still needs help getting this movie out there. Being a woman in the film industry is pretty rough from what I understand, and I’m sure being a woman trying to promote a feminist film is even harder.
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