Still have the purity ring you received as a teen after signing a “True Love Waits” abstinence pledge?
Send it to Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber. She wants to melt them down to create a sculpture of a golden vagina… and give a few pastors a heart attack, apparently.
In certain evangelical Christian circles, the rings were given to young girls as symbols of a pledge they made to abstain from sex until marriage. But the rings — and more broadly, the Christian purity culture of the 1990s and 2000s — also shamed young girls into disconnecting from their bodies, Bolz-Weber argues.
With the help of artist Nancy Anderson, Bolz-Weber said she plans to melt down the rings that people send her and recast them as a “golden vagina.” She said that the project — part of a promotion for Shameless, her upcoming book about sex and Christianity — is about “reclamation” of women’s bodies.
You can’t find a more creative book marketing campaign than that.
Bolz-Weber plans to unveil her statue next year as a way to turn a symbol meant to shame women into a symbol of liberation.
The best part? Anyone who sends in a ring for the project will receive a “Certificate of Impurity” in return.
— Nadia Bolz-Weber (@Sarcasticluther) November 26, 2018
Almost makes you wish you had a purity ring lying around…
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