Sunday, March 8, 2009

This Week's Show - Purity Balls

Join us on Monday March 9th for an hour-long discussion on Purity Balls: a growing yet controversial movement among Evangelical Christians.
(8:00 - 9:00 pm on CJSW 90.9 fm in Calgary, or online at

Essentially, Purity Balls are attended by fathers and their teenage daughters. Fathers pledge to protect their young daughters' purity in mind, body and soul. Daughters are expected to remain virgins, abstaining from pre-marital sex. A stronger father-daughter relationship is promoted as a means to affirm spiritual and physical purity.

We will be discussing the history of Purity Balls, what supporters and opponents say about them, and naturally, we will discuss feminist viewpoints on the topic.

Below are links to some videos and articles that we have used as references. Check them out for more information on this fascinating topic.

Would You Pledge Your Virginity to Your Father? - Glamour Magazine
Dancing the Night Away, With a Higher Purpose - The New York Times
Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds - Washington Post

Comedian Bill Maher on Purity Balls
Randy Wilson (creator of Purity Balls) on the Today Show
Purity Dances on Good Morning America

Generations of Light - Website of the Wilson Family (creators of the Purity Ball)

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