Virgins for Jesus: the Gender Politics of Therapeutic Christian Media

in Shaking the World for Jesus

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226326795
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226326801 | DOI:
Virgins for Jesus: the Gender Politics of Therapeutic Christian Media

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This chapter analyzes how chastity media conceptualize teenage bodies. Through their construction of sexual abstinence, food consumption, eating disorders, and weightlifting, therapeutic evangelical youth media define bodily control differently for girls and boys. Chastity media clearly echo secular media in the ways they understand teen bodies, even as they put an evangelical spin on that understanding. In 1990, the chastity movement was aggressively and overtly evangelical. Like Christian music, it has recently changed in ways that make its religious foundations more ambiguous. Just as “God” has become “He” in many Christian songs, chastity has been repackaged for secular audiences with a more religiously neutral name, that is, abstinence.

Keywords: abstinence; chastity media; teenage bodies; evangelical youth media; chastity movement

Chapter.  11297 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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