Since then, public schools have begun teaching youth about the importance of safe and protected sex. The abolishment of purity culture has been on the rise - people’s disinterest in abiding by biblical law is skyrocketing.
Maybe this is because science is denouncing its credibility. The Bible’s teachings directly clash with our modern understanding of human nature - we no longer see an unbroken hymen as a measure of virginity, and according to geography, we are all aware that Jesus was certainly not a white man.
The problem with purity culture is that it teaches women that their value equates to their lack of sexual experience. This results in women who are afraid of their own sexuality, therefore never allow themselves to explore it.
Countless Christian women recount their fearful and uncomfortable experiences with sex, even once they’re married, simply because they’re indoctrinated to think that it should be accompanied by shame.
If a woman remains a virgin until the day she marries, she’s holy, but if not, she’s damaged goods. By preaching this ideology, sex becomes an unwashable stain on an individual’s morality, instead of the undeniable facet of human nature that it is.
We can help people overcome sexual shame by helping them view it from a place of information rather than ignorance. Offering a fact-based outlook on sex education is the best way to empower people to make their own decisions about sexual expression.
It is only when we accept our sexuality as an aspect of ourselves, and not an external, sinful force, that we can truly begin to heal from sexual shame and accept ourselves for everything that makes us human.