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Author Moslener, Sara, author.

Title Virgin nation : sexual purity and American adolescence / Sara Moslener.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    241.664 MOS    Available
Description x, 219 pages ; 25 cm
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Note Outgrowth of the author's thesis (Claremont Graduate University, 2009) under title: By God's design : sexual abstinence in the United States, 1979-present.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-207) and index.
Summary "First taking hold of the American cultural imagination in the 1990s, the sexual purity movement of contemporary evangelicalism has since received considerable attention from a wide range of media outlets, religious leaders, and feminist critics. Virgin Nation offers a history of this movement that goes beyond the Religious Right, demonstrating a link between sexual purity rhetoric and fears of national decline that has shaped American ideas about morality since the nineteenth century. Concentrating on two of today's best known purity organizations, True Loves Waits and Silver Ring Thing, Sara Moslener's investigation reveals that purity work over the last two centuries has developed in concert with widespread fears of changing traditional gender roles and sexual norms, national decline, and global apocalypse. Moslener highlights a number of points in U.S. history when evangelical beliefs and values have seemed to provide viable explanations for and solutions to widespread cultural crises, resulting in the growth of their cultural and political influence. By asserting a causal relationship between sexual immorality, national decline, and apocalyptic anticipation, leaders have shaped a purity rhetoric that positions Protestant evangelicalism as the salvation of American civilization. From the purity reformers of the nineteenth century to fundamentalist leaders such as Billy Graham and Carl F.H. Henry, Moslener illuminates the evolution of a strain of purity rhetoric that runs throughout Protestant evangelicalism"--Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: Sexual purity and national security -- Sexual purity and civilization work in the 19th century -- From adolescence to lost innocence: religious revival and sexual deviance in the Cold War era -- Making family values -- New purity revolution -- Performing sexual purity in the media age -- Conclusion: Fear and accommodation in the contemporary purity culture.
Subject Chastity.
Sexual abstinence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Sex -- United States -- History.
Social movements -- United States -- History.
Social values -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9780199987764 (hardback)
0199987769 (hardback)

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