ArgusRun: FTFA: All the photos depict the girls and their fathers, who glow with pride at the thought that their little girl won't be despoiled until someone puts a ring on her finger.No one there is glowing with pride.Do you know what glowing with pride looks like? Every picture of my father and me, where he is smiling, and happy and we're glad to be there together. This has all of the creepy tones that one would expect from something where you not only pledge your chastity, but you "give" it to your father for safekeeping until he hands off your hymen to your husband. Because that's what's going on here.The serious father pose only works with infants. They look serious but loving at the absolutely helpless baby and contemplate their new responsibility. Once they are old enough to talk, you should be happy, loving and joyful with your kids. Not this.
wellreadneck: Some of those guys really needn't worry.
heidinoele: Boojum2k: heidinoele: /I was always taught that my vagina belonged to me and no one had the right to touch it without my permission.I hope the rest of your body was also included in that statement, otherwise there's some unfortunate implications there.Well yeah. They weren't all "your vagina belongs to you, but your boobs are open season."
MatrixOutsider: At least these guys had sex.
Bermuda59: And what do they do with their teenage sons? Take them drinking and then go pick up hookers!
MikeBoomshadow: steklo: Ok, how did they get there without making footprints in the sand?Helicopter parent.
colinspooky: Creepy not a word I would use
steklo: Now, why wasn't this purity photo up on that web site?[img.fark.net image 600x500]
Cataholic: BarryTheMasterOfSandwich: Why are religious people so obsessed with sex?Why are non-religious people so obsessed with religious people?
madgonad: Nobody has mentioned the flip-side of Purity Balls.QuinceañeraThe generally quite religious and Catholic Hispanic culture actually celebrates a fifteen year old becoming a Woman and being 'open for business'.This reinforces my belief that Purity Balls are just an extension of the Anglo trend to want to control women at all times. It isn't about God. It is part of this weird system that they try to impose on the nation in which women are possessions - to be passed from one man to another - from birth to grave. Suffrage, careers, education, and birth control are other fronts on their struggle to control women.
queen biatch of the universe: I know a guy who took both of his daughters to a purity ball despite not being really religious (he's a wedding and funeral go to church type of Christian). With him I feel it's less pedro-bear activity and more trying to dodge "what comes around goes around". In his youth he was a giant d-bag who treated sex like a numbers game (I'm assuming that is not unique among teenage boys, not sure, I was homeschooled) according to his wife. He proudly ruined a lot of girls reputations and broke their heart is the meanest way possible. His best friend at the time was also a serial date rapist but like everyone else he didn't think the captain of the football team who got the team to state could do anything wrong. At the time he saw those girls as sluts and cock-teases who had it coming. He got older, knocked off the d-bag attitude, got married and had two daughters. Now all of sudden what he did to other father's daughters he doesn't want to happen to his. Not to mention he is very fearful that they could end up with a guy like his best friend and get raped on date. He knows better than anyone else how low some boys will sink to get their dick wet. He sent a lot of girls crying home to their dads, he doesn't want his daughters coming home crying one day to him. I'm going to go out with the theory that for some of these guys it might be the same. It's all fun and games to treat girls like notches in your bedpost until you get older and figure out that your daughters are now prime targets. That's why this guy won't even let his daughters date or be friends with boys, college should be interesting for them. It might work out for them, I never was allowed to date and my marriage was pre-arranged by father. After I got out of my marriage and my parent's crazy religion I was able to figure things out. It's not completely hopeless for them I hope.
rbuzby: When Muslims start trying to get their religion taught in schools instead of science, they will get the same crap that Christians get for it.
heidinoele: "your vagina belongs to you, but your boobs are open season."
cptrios: Son of Thunder: corronchilejano: I don't see why this is creepy.(Not that I aprove of the concept)Me either. We've had enough "bad family photos" threads around here that these ones barely rate a flicker on my creepometer.It's what perception researchers call top-down processing. Perception is influenced by prior expectations, attitudes, and situational cues. So we start off with the "scary" tag and subby's "creepy" headline, follow it up with TFA's "creepy" headline, and TFA itself loading the reader up with the message that we will now look at creepy Christians looking creepy while at this creepy Christian thing because they're creepy, it's not surprising that a collection of blandly-awkward father-daughter pictures make some farkers say "wow, that's creepy".The Force can have a strong influence on the weak minded.I'll give you that the article prepped me for creepiness - but it had nothing to do with the word and everything to do with the "Purity Ball" idea. The only way these pictures wouldn't have seemed creepy to me would have been if you'd told me they were pictures of dads and daughters at their moms' funerals.
Parthenogenetic: steklo: Ok, how did they get there without making footprints in the sand?[img.fark.net image 620x775][cafewitteveen.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]
steklo: The Pledge I, (DAUGHTER'S NAME)'S FATHER, CHOOSE BEFORE GOD TO COVER MY DAUGHTERAS HER AUTHORITY AND PROTECTION IN THE AREA OF PURITY. I WILL BE PUREIN MY OWN LIFE AS A MAN, HUSBAND AND FATHER. I WILL BE A MAN OF INTEGRITYAND ACCOUNTABLITY AS I LEAD, GUIDE AND PRAY OVER MY DAUGHTER AND MYFAMILY AS THE HIGH PRIEST IN MY HOME. THIS COVERING WILL BE USED BY GOD TOINFLUENCE GENERATIONS TO COME. (6)http://womensstudiesjmu.wikispaces.com/Purity+Balls,+by+Meghan+Belle r
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Ima4nic8or: I don't see it as all that creepy. While I am no fan of the whole purity concept or Christianity in general these are just photos of dads with their daughters playing dress up. While I may think they have a few screws loose I have no doubt these dads love their kids and are doing what they think is best for them. All the comments implying some sort of sexual thing going on are what is creepy.
steklo: Following the dance swords are presented
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