May 30, 2013
Why some evangelicals are trying to stop obsessing over premarital sex
In this article for The Atlantic, Abigail Rine refers to the numerous evangelical writers and bloggers who have been speaking out recently about the conservative Christian culture’s preoccupation with virginity—especially for women. “While exposés of evangelical purity culture are hardly new,” she writes, . . . “what is noteworthy is that these criticisms are beginning to emerge from within conservative religious circles themselves.” She points out the “damaged goods” metaphor is especially being rejected, as is the double-standard thinking that emphasizes virginity for young women but is more forgiving of premarital sex engaged in by young men. Rine wonders if a new sexual ethic will replace the abstinence model, as is being discussed among some progressive Christians.