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Pure

Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free
Auteur(s): Linda Kay Klein
Narrateur(s): Linda Kay Klein
Durée: 8 h et 58 min
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From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s purity culture has had on a generation of young women - in a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir. 

In the 1990s, a “purity industry” emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls came with a dangerous message: girls are potential sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men, and any expression of a girl’s sexuality could reflect the corruption of her character. This message traumatized many girls - resulting in anxiety, fear, and experiences that mimicked the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder - and trapped them in a cycle of shame. 

This is the sex education Linda Kay Klein grew up with. 

Fearing being marked a Jezebel, Klein broke up with her high school boyfriend because she thought God told her to, and took pregnancy tests though she was a virgin, terrified that any sexual activity would be punished with an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. When the youth pastor of her church was convicted of sexual enticement of a 12-year-old girl, Klein began to question the purity-based sexual ethic. She contacted young women she knew, asking if they were coping with the same shame-induced issues she was. These intimate conversations developed into a 12-year quest that took her across the country and into the lives of women raised in similar religious communities - a journey that facilitated her own healing and led her to churches that are seeking a new way to reconcile sexuality and spirituality. 

Sexual shame is by no means confined to evangelical culture; Pure is a powerful wake-up call about our society’s subjugation of women.

©2018 Linda Kay Klein (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Marc
  • 2018-12-12

I expected a different ending I suppose

Plenty of relatable stories but I expected more insight into how one would overcome the sexual shaming and stunted sexual growth. I took the "how I broke free" part all wrong I suppose. I feel like many of us who grew up in this have already come to terms with the religious piece of this (by giving it up usually) but the big key is how to heal our self esteem and sexual lives. This book gave no help in this area.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2019-01-03

Incredible Book for Evangelical and Ex-Evangelical Women, and Those Who Love Them

I loved this book from start to finish, and I fully intend on reading it again. Linda’s personal story and the stories of those she interviewed made me laugh, cry, ugly cry, and feel whole. I see how the purity culture I grew up in has caused me to feel so much shame, shame in ways I never even recognized until seeing parts of my own story in this book. Linda wrote a perfect story and I am so thankful to her for the 10 years she invested into this book.

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  • Jeremy Carroll
  • 2018-12-05

there aren't enough stars to give this book.

As a Gay man who was raised in the purity era of evangelical Christianity many of these stories struck very close to home. ther were several times I had to stop listening and cry. but this story needs to be told. needs to be heard. not just by Christian's but everyone. if you were raised in the purity era and you have daughters now please listen to this with an open mind. and heart.

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  • Laura
  • 2018-09-21

Her story, our stories

This book is an essential for anyone who has be affected by the church purity culture, or anyone who is trying to understand a loved one who grew up in that world.

It's personal, thoughtful, and intelligently written. This book is painful, but it is freeing. Thank you, Linda Kay Klein, and thank you to everyone who shared their stories.

It makes sense that this book was narrated by the author, and she does it well.

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  • Gingerfer
  • 2018-09-11

Where has this book been my whole life?

This book is a must read for anyone who was raised in purity culture or is thinking about raising their children and purity culture. I understand myself better after reading this book.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2019-02-20

conflicted

This was hard to listen to. The author did a great job reading and writing. Her honesty is what is needed even if it hurts. This books is full of trigger warnings. I can think of a lot of women who will get this book but I think men especially need to know the damage that has been and is being done in the evangelical world.

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  • TrulyTaken
  • 2019-01-07

So Good!!

This book validated my own experiences in a profound way! Linda Kay Klein connects with those affected by Purity Culture and exposes its seedy underbelly with a gentleness and insight that is deeply respectful to those who’s stories she candidly shares and yet with so much insight and context. A must read for anyone trying to understand female sexuality in the aftermath of America’s purity revolution of the 80’s and 90’s.

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  • Angela Shepard
  • 2018-11-28

best and most moving book

this book was and is amazing. I have never before identified so closely with a book and a collection of stories. Linda beautifully weaved together stories that many people experience but within the confines and darkness of their own experience. if this book is not for you, read it anyway and you will get a glimpse into a very interesting, well intended and really really sad and scary piece of Christian culture

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  • Sarah
  • 2020-01-24

Redefined my PTSD

I thought for a long time that I had trauma due to corporal punishment practices or the abusive relationships I’ve been in. Those definitely were a part of it, but reading this book has helped me realize that the “Purity” industry and complementarianism were the ideologies that began my trauma and then laid the entire foundation for my other negative experiences. Had I grown up knowing that I was a valuable person and that women could listen to their intuition I never would have dated the men I used to date, I would have felt more confident speaking up when men made me feel uncomfortable, and I would have started defending myself from the physical and mental violence I was exposed to as a child long ago. Perhaps that confidence would have ended the abuse I experienced before it truly began. But this book and these stories have made me realize that, while I can’t go back and change my past, I can reorganize my healing now. I have been seeking help for PTSD and depression for over a decade now and made minimal progress. My therapist and I recently agreed after reading this book that we now truly know where to start-we know what began this web of trauma, we’ve found the end of the thread and we can begin pulling at the tapestry from there. I’m so grateful that Linda took the time and courage to write this book. While she may be ostracized by many fear-ridden evangelicals, she’s given hope to people like me that it is possible to continue holding onto my faith without holding onto the parts of my upbringing that caused trauma. When I first began my journey towards healing I thought I would have to throw everything out -faith in god and all- if I ever wanted to get over my pain. This book made me realize that my trauma is distinctly human-made. I now have the freedom to filter through my faith and choose to believe in the things that actually bring me freedom which is so relieving. I have wanted to go to god for comfort through my trauma for years and never felt like it was possible because they were so integrally connected. This book has helped me realize I can separate them and still find hope in a new type of faith that is real, loving, and healing and that shame, fear, and control are the opposite of what god wants for our lives.

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  • Adam
  • 2020-01-10

Crushed

This was a very challenging listen for me. My evangelical parents were actually violently opposed to purity culture growing up, for which I am eternally grateful to them. Even so, I recognized a lot of the negative effects of the movement in the way I think, much to my great horror. The most difficult part of this listen was looking back on women who were very dear to me, who imploded under the pressures placed on them by purity culture. There were sections that made me so angry that I had to take a break.