Christian Purity Balls are Rorschach Tests

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David Magnusson Purity 2014

Swedish photographer David Mangusson is coming out with a photo book called Purity. In the photo essays, he captures portraits of fathers and daughters about to attend Christian Purity Balls, where daughters promise to stay virgins, and their dads take a vow to protect their chastity. This sounds perfectly normal to us here at the Stepford Wives Organization. We agree with Mr. Magnusson’s statement:

In Purity I wanted to create portraits so beautiful that the girls and their fathers could be proud of the pictures in the same way they are proud of their decisions – while someone from a different background might see an entirely different story in the very same photographs.

David Magnusson Purity 2014

What one chooses to “see” in these pictures says more about the viewer’s state of mind than it does the actual situation at hand. In today’s salacious society and their insatiable appetite for scandal, the tendency is to read imaginary worst-case scenarios into otherwise innocuous images. It’s the same with TLC-based reality shows involving children. Reasonable moms will see Dance Moms as unnecessary pushiness via competitiveness, parents will see adorable kids being maneuvered in Toddlers and Tiaras, and folks who have their minds in the gutter will protest the dangers of all these programs in how they entice child stalkers.

Predictably, bloggers online have exploded with self-righteous irony concerning Chritian purity balls: ( try this link or this one) Check out the comments.

In Christian Purity Balls, we simply see a father-daughter relationship in a correct, albeit anachronistic form.

“It’s the father’s way of saying, ‘until she marries, he will be the (only) man in her life.'” Later on a father says to his daughter: “You are married to the Lord and your father is your boyfriend.”


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We see nothing creepy or “Freudian” about this. Modern liberal society has invested entirely too much of its consciousness in the therapy-mad Jewish culture of psychoanalysis. Forming a lifelong bond with one’s father is natural for us Stepford Women. With purity balls, our husbands inherit not only our covenant to chastity, but also our sound, close relationships with our fathers. If you love your father as the only man in your life; the day you tie the know, you will equally love, praise, and worship the new man in your life.

And that, gets the Stepford seal of approval!

source:
David Magnusson’s Purity Page from his website: David Magnusson: Purity
ABC Nightline Prime: Daughters Commit to Live Pure Lives at ‘Purity Balls’

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