Episode 7: Purity Culture and Welfare Reform

This episode examines how the True Love Waits and the Southern Baptist church influenced Clinton’s 1996 welfare reform bill with an amendment that created funding for abstinence-only education. This pairing demonstrates how myths about sexual purity deeply impact how the system uses the assumption of sexual purity as a normative experience to reinforce poverty, racism, and misogyny.

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