The myth of sexual chastity is not a topic for the faint of heart in as puritanical a society as 21st century America remains. Witness the "purity ball
" phenomenon that evolved from the conservative evangelical movement in Colorado Springs.
Jessica Valenti, editor of the blog Feministing.com
, is out with a new book, The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women
, and she pulls no punches.