In certain evangelical circles, young men and women wear “purity rings,” as a public display of their pledge to abstain from sex outside marriage.
But Nadia Bolz-Weber, the founder of a "progressive, queer-inclusive Lutheran congregation,” is fighting back against this phenomenon. She’s encouraging women to send her their purity rings, with the aim of melting them down into… a gold vagina sculpture.
First of all, I can tell you first hand that boys wear purity rings too, so I’m not sure how her plan is a blow to the patriarchy. More importantly, how is condemning the notion of purity good for society at large?
I don’t go along with churches that shame people about sex; for one thing, it flies in the face of Jesus’ words and actions. But this stunt goes too far in the other direction.