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The book begins with an overview of the purity movement for evangelical teenagers.De Rogatis moves quickly through a variety of familiar themes: the fairy-tale narrative and gender roles, True Love Waits purity events, courtship, modesty as a power source for young women, dads as guardians of sexuality, and Jesus as boyfriend.
One text by Terry Wier and Mark Carruth, dominates the chapter, with far-out discussions of sexually transmitted diseases as demons that enter the body through bodily fluids—and the Holy Spirit as God’s holy sperm, impregnating the hearts of believers and making them born-again.
The text provides a counterpoint to the sex-is-for-pleasure manuals, but the space given to such extreme views is out of proportion to their actual influence on evangelicals., which call upon evangelicals to reject contraception, eschew the pleasure principle, focusing instead on marital sex as sacrifice—as opening oneself to the possibility of children.
vangelicals have long been known for their ability to sanctify popular culture for religious purposes.
Popular culture's obsession with sex is no exception, which raises an evangelistic question: How do we make the gospel winsome to a society steeped in sex?
The purity movement is not prohibiting sex as much as it is telling young people (and young women in particular) that God wants them to embrace sex—not just any sex, but amazing sex—in marriage. But the counterintuitive feminist rhetoric of the purity movement allows De Rogatis to set up her next chapter and the heart of her study: how evangelicals have embraced the sexual revolution and discovered the sexual body as a site for expressing God's salvation.
This may be the first book I've read that connects mutual orgasms to Christian witness, but De Rogatis's thorough examination of evangelical sex manuals in the second chapter makes a compelling case.
Nothing is off-limits in marital sex, according to the manuals—masturbation, oral sex, the use of sex toys, and more.
All proclaim that true sexual freedom occurs within marriage because it is in accordance with Scripture.
She traces the popularity of evangelical sex manuals to Herbert J. Miles sparked his own sexual revolution among Christian readers by claiming that marital sex isn’t just for making babies.
Miles highlighted the power of marital sex to unite; how two bodies coming together puts flesh on the covenantal union.
Feminism is to blame in these texts, for supporting the Pill, upsetting gender roles, and destroying the family.