Purity Balls, something that could only exist in the more extreme parts of the Christian world, are quite possibly the creepiest thing one can imagine. We’re talking ‘Lot impregnating both of his young daughters after mom was turned into something they would sprinkle on their dinner” creepy.
The theory is this: young girls promise to abstain from all sexual activity and make their fathers the guardians of their virginity. In practice, it is one of the most demented things a person can put a child through.
In a clip from a Nightline episode, a father told his daughter, “You are married to the Lord and your father is your boyfriend.”
The ball is more like a father-daughter wedding. The fathers present their daughters with purity rings, have a “first dance,” and do all sorts of other things that would make Chris Hansen very curious.
Most importantly, purity balls cement in young girls’ heads the “Christian” value that women should not be able to make decisions regarding their own bodies. This disgusting practice essentially tells girls that they are a man’s property–daddy’s now, and their husband’s later, when he takes over for their fathers.
Now, if all of that doesn’t make your skin crawl, FlavorWire posted ten insanely disturbing wedding-like photographs from purity balls, courtesy of David Magnusson. It’s enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies.