Monday, May 19, 2008

Purity Balls

An unfortunate name for these father-daughter dances which are all about the daughters remaining virginal until daddy passes them to a husband. The motivations of these balls may be many and varied, but I found this comment of special interest, because it reminded me of the reasons Wahhabi preachers give to explain the necessity of gender segregation:

"The culture says you're free to sleep with as many people as you want to," said Khrystian Wilson, 20, one of the Wilsons' seven children, including five girls. "What does that get you but complete chaos?"

The fear of sexuality, anyone?

One thing the purity balls are NOT about is greater independence for the daughters.
Hat tip to res ipsa loquitur