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And though he was interested in marriage, I was sure we were too young to go ahead (we weren’t). During my most vulnerable years, I was separated from the American evangelical purity culture industry by ethnicity, denomination, and continent.But the sad thing about religious colonialism, which I see IKDG as part of, is that it doesn’t respect borders well.
It came up so often I finally decided to check it out from the library.I remember seeing the cover, and thinking how cool it looked, tipped fedora and all.The sepia tone seemed romantic, and maybe, when you’re an awkward, depressed teen, that’s all you need to convince you of purity culture: it seems romantic.I was in high school when it came out, and many of the concepts around gender dynamics and “purity” were part of my upbringing.I think that was probably why I avoided it for so long.
Premarital sex and pregnancy were major social disgraces and a lot of guidance from parents and older family friends (we call them all aunts and uncles) was built around avoiding those disgraces.