In the Christian faith, abstinence-only policies are often promoted and expected. However, by the age of 20 approximately 75% of people have had premarital sex. And at virtually every age, 96% of men and 94% of women have premarital sex according to the National Survey of Family Growth. One pastor has decided to get with the times and has created an extremely creative project to rid former abstinence-only Christians of their shame. Take a look at the story in the gallery below and let us know what you think in the comments section on Facebook.
Nadia Bolz-Weber is a former Lutheran pastor and New York Times best selling author based in Denver, Colorado. She's on a mission to promote her upcoming book called Shameless, which discusses the role of sex in Christianity. And she's recently begun an exciting and salacious new project that has caught the attention of the global media.
Bolz-Weber recently announced that she will be collaborating with jewelers at the Sweet Bird Studio in Nederland, Colorado to create a gold sculpture of a vagina. However, it's not just the golden genitals that has raised eyebrows. It's the fact that she's sourcing the materials from donated purity rings.
Purity rings or promise rings, are worn as a sign of chastity by Christian-affiliated sexual abstinence groups. The practice of wearing purity rings emerged during the 1990s and was highly supported during the Bush administration.
Columbia News Service journalist David Bario once wrote, "Under the Bush administration, organizations that promote abstinence and encourage teens to sign virginity pledges or wear purity rings have received federal grants. The Silver Ring Thing, a subsidiary of a Pennsylvania evangelical church, has received more than $1 million from the government to promote abstinence and to sell its rings in the United States and abroad."
Many popular celebrities wore purity rings for a period of time, including Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Jessica Simpson and Selena Gomez. However, the movement has been highly criticized and Bolz-Weber is working to help end the purity stigma.
During the 2018 Makers Conference, an annual three-day summit for innovating leaders working to advance women in the workplace, Bolz-Weber first shared her idea and finally, she's making the golden vagina sculpture a reality. She's currently collecting donated purity rings until December 17th and will debut the finished product at the 2019 Makers Conference from February 6th through the 8th. Bolz-Weber will be rewarding anyone who donated their purity ring with a certificate of Impurity and a Shameless impurity ring.
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