Tuesday, April 18, 2006

I hope they don't rent hotel rooms later for a post-dance party

PBS did a show recently about the movement in South Dakota to ban all abortions, no exceptions even for rape or incest. And in it, Digby found an astounding segment highlighting another reason you really don't want to move to South Dakota.

They hold events where young girls come from all over the state with their fathers to a “Purity Ball.”

It looks like a prom, the girls get all dressed up, they dance with their fathers - and then they pledge to them that they will remain virgins till they get married.

Is it just me, but is this a little creepy?

First of all, going to a prom-like event with your father is pretty strange in itself. But then to literally have to verbally pledge to him you are not going to have sex until you get married just ups the weird factor by a thousand.

Jeezus, many girls I know lost their virginity in the aftermath of a school dance, if not right in the middle of the damn dance floor.

Here's an excerpt from the NOW show on PBS:

LAST FRIDAY NIGHT, YOUNG GIRLS FROM AROUND SOUTH DAKOTA CAME TO SIOUX FALLS FOR A SPRING BALL. THIS ONE IS CALLED "THE PURITY BALL" IT'S A YEARLY EVENT RUN BY LESLEE UNRUH'S ABSTINENCE CLEARINGHOUSE.

THE IDEA IS THAT THESE YOUNG WOMEN COME WITH THEIR FATHERS. TO CELEBRATE THEIR SEXUAL PURITY.

UNRUH:
We think that its important for fathers to the be the first ones to look into their daughters eyes and to tell her that her purity is special, and its ok to wait until marriage.

HINOJOSA:
IT MIGHT HAVE ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF A REGULAR PROM... BUT THIS ONE ENDS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY.

GIRLS RECITING PLEDGE:
"I make a promise this day to God...

HINOJOSA:
THE YOUNG WOMEN HERE ALL MAKE A PROMISE TO THEIR FATHERS THAT THEY WONT' HAVE SEX UNTIL THE DAY THEY GET MARRIED.

GIRLS RECITING PLEDGE:
...to remain sexually pure...until the day I give myself as a wedding gift to my husband. ... I know that God requires this of me.. that he loves me. and that he will reward me for my faithfulness.



“To give myself as a wedding gift to my husband..."

It's not just chipping away at abortion rights - these people want to return to the time when women were nothing more than property, passed off from a father to a husband.

8 comments:

verklempt said...

eww, if my father had tried to take me to something like that (not that he ever would have) I would have ran away form home.

megster said...

You hit the nail on the head in your very last sentence. Abortion is just the beginning. Then they will come for contraception, then there will be laws passed saying women with kids under age 5 can't work. They want to go back to a time when they think everything was perfect and better than it is now. Well it probably was for them, but not for women or black folks or gay people. That America wasn't such a nice place. But don't tell Jerry Fallwell that.

Anonymous said...

But don't forget - the weather is sooo nice in S.D. so you're willing to put up with all this crap! :)

bally 107 said...

Oh no theyre coming to take away my contraceptions next! Dont be idiotic. No one wants your contraceptions. That is just a typical left wing pro abortion scare tactic to make the majority of Americans who favor restrictions on abortion on demand worried. And leave it to JBK to make fun of what seems like a lovely time spent by a father and his young daughter. This is why middle America hates your side, you make fun of family values with your mocking and arrogant attitude. But keep doing it please. It just means more people will be on my side than already are. And I totally believe that the girls you know lost their virginity on the dance floor. So typical of the sex is free and easy crowd that results in millions of innocents killed every year by the abortionists.

miss jane said...

Bally 107 maybe you don't know it but they DO want your contraception. Many on the religious right have said that contraception is a form of abortion, since it prevents an egg from fertilzing. It's the proverbial slipperly slope, and once your side, as you call it, gets it way on this, then it will turn its attention on to something else. Stop kidding yourself, or stop lying to us if you already know that.

the peanut said...

What the hell do they do - dance with their father all night long at these proms, or do they switch and start dancing with the fathers of their freinds who are there? That's some sick stuff if you ask me. These poeple out in the "heartland" think NY is sinful - they come up with ideas we would never even consider! lol

veganerd said...

i wouldnt be suprised if some of those girls pledging their virginity have allready had sex. i also wouldnt be suprised if some of the girls are forced to go and find it creepy themselves.

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