Purity culture slut-shame blues: Everything I know about sex I learned from Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan was back in the news again recently for finally accepted his Nobel Prize. And it seemed like a good time to share an article I wrote about Dylan, sex, and growing up evangelical. Hope you enjoy. 

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I was 10 years old when I sat through my first abstinence series at church. My parents had discussed its age-appropriateness, but had decided that my relative youth was a good thing. It meant my first introduction to sex would come within the safe, godly confines of our church. So I sat in the church sanctuary dutifully every week as various pastors took turns stressing the dangers of things like necking. I didn’t have any idea what necking was, but I made a mental note to avoid it.

Those first lessons in abstinence were downright confusing. I wondered why the French apparently kissed differently than Americans, and why their methods would be so much more provocative and potentially sin-inducing. [Continue reading over at Salon]

3 thoughts on “Purity culture slut-shame blues: Everything I know about sex I learned from Bob Dylan

  1. Nice article! It’s good to see a girl’s point of view about sex. I mean, we’re never thought “how” or actually “when” we should have sex, except for marriage. But virginity is overrated, for both sex. I’m glad you found out about sex before it was too late, since we only live once and the world is no longer the dark ages. People are more than what they take for granted.

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