'Purity' Used to Target Women, But for Franzen, Purity Targets Men 

Purity starts out, as Jonathan Franzen’s books do, with a word used unusually well, a little signal that the author is in control. In The Corrections, it was “the berserk wind.” In Freedom it was “conniving with the coal industry.” In Purity, it was “without undue weirdness transpiring,” where “transpiring” has the… »8/31/15 3:45pm8/31/15 3:45pm

Jonathan Franzen Considered Adopting Iraqi Orphan to Better Understand Young People

Hold onto your little clitorises of discernment, you stuffy literary cunts: the bad boy of books (and bird watching!) Jonathan Franzen is BACK, having begun his press tour for his new novel Purity, and GUESS WHAT? He doesn’t give a FUCK what you think about him. (But please buy his new book! Pleeeeeeease!) »8/21/15 2:20pm8/21/15 2:20pm

Nell Zink's Review of Franzen's Purity Mysteriously Vanishes From n+1

Early Wednesday, n+1, beloved magazine of the internet intelligentsia, published novelist Nell Zink’s mocking and joyful review of Jonathan Franzen’s upcoming novel, Purity. By mid-afternoon, the contents of the article were replaced by this note: “This page is temporarily unavailable. Return to the n+1 homepage or… »7/15/15 5:00pm7/15/15 5:00pm

Creepy Yet Gorgeous Portraits of Purity-Pledging Daughters and Dads

Photographer David Magnusson is not American, nor is he Christian, nor does he have a daughter who has pledged her virginity to him in one fringe tradition that nearly unanimously squicks mainstream America out. But that didn't stop him from traveling cross country to assemble images of fathers and daughters who have… »6/06/14 7:00pm6/06/14 7:00pm

Fed Up With the Slutty Girl Scouts? Meet the Conservative Alternative.

Want your daughter to learn all about camping, sewing and car repair, but with a heaping helping of Jesus? You could try to find a local Girl Scout troop with an especially Bible-thumping troop leader. Or you could just skip straight to the American Heritage Girls, conservative Christianity's very own copycat. »3/06/14 1:05pm3/06/14 1:05pm

Selfie-Hating Church Lady Swoons Over Shirtless Hubby in Deleted Post

Remember Kimberly Hall, the Christian mommy blogger who told teenage girls to stop taking selfies so as not to tempt her saintly, shirtless teenage sons into sin? In a now-deleted post, she divulged that she first spotted her husband when he was a topless 19-year-old — and that his abs really turned her on. »9/09/13 3:45pm9/09/13 3:45pm

Concerned Mom: Slutty Girls' Selfies Are Tempting My Perfect Sons

Kimberly Hall, Director of Women’s Ministry at a Presbyterian Church in Texas, has a message for teenage girls who take bedtime selfies in their pajamas: stop luring her teenage sons into sin. Why would you devil harlots want to control the Hall boys' minds? Are you whores and witches? She outlines her urgent plea in… »9/04/13 2:43pm9/04/13 2:43pm

Terrifying Public High School Speaker: If You Take Birth Control, Your Mother Probably Hates You

Meet Pam Stenzel. Pam Stenzel is a highly-paid* lecturer who speaks about the virtues of abstinence. Stenzel spoke on Monday at George Washington High School in Charleston, WV and created quite a stir when she allegedly made comments like, "If you take birth control, your mother probably hates you," and "I could look… »4/12/13 11:40am4/12/13 11:40am

Batshit Ridiculous Modesty Website Reminds You That Women Just Can't Win

"Is This Modest" is a website that claims to promote an open and practical dialog about modesty, but it's actually a male-gazey compendium of creepshots of high schoolers and misogynist rants about too-tight t-shirts. Is it possible to have a sane discussion about modesty? Not if modesty means, as it does on this… »1/10/13 4:50pm1/10/13 4:50pm

Pro-Virginity, Anti-Feminist Folks Make The Purity Myth Trailer Terrifying

Fans of the bestselling book The Purity Myth, rejoice. The film version is now available for your viewing pleasure on DVD, and, from the looks of the trailer, its per-minute truth bomb concentration is unprecedented. Finally, a cinematic alternative to the unstoppable, metastasized Fast & Furious franchise. »12/08/11 11:30am12/08/11 11:30am

The Many Contradictions Of Leslee Unruh, Anti-Abortion And "Purity" Advocate

Leslee Unruh is the President of the Abstinence Clearinghouse and Executive Director of Vote Yes for Life, which spearheaded the efforts to ban abortion in South Dakota. She's also dabbled in crisis pregnancy centers, mobile crisis pregnancy centers and even a home where unwed mothers can live rent free. These days,… »8/12/08 6:00pm8/12/08 6:00pm