thedailytrends

Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers

Purity balls, in which a girl pledges to remain ‘pure’ until her wedding day, symbolically ‘marries’...

Purity balls, in which a girl pledges to remain ‘pure’ until her wedding day, symbolically ‘marries’ God, and promises her father that she will remain a virgin until she's a wife, have become a phenomenon in America, now taking place in 48 out of the 50 states.

The balls resemble giant wedding ceremonies, with the girls - all around the age of 12 - wearing white gowns and dancing with their fathers who promise to ‘protect’ their daughter’s chastity.

During the ceremony, fathers present their daughters with purity rings, which they wear to symbolise their commitment to virginity.

Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers
Ron Johnson, who is the head pastor at the Living Stones Church, kneels to present one of his younger daughters with her purity ring in the new documentary exploring the growing phenomenon of father daughter purity balls

Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers
Dancers carry a cross into the ballroom at the annual Father-Daughter Purity Ball in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2007. Balls now take place in 48 states in the US, and in 17 countries worldwide

Daughter pledges purity to dad in new US doc, Purity Balls Video:



In the movement purity means no sexual contact of any kind, including kisses, until after marriage.

One of the largest father-faughter purity balls - which is the subject of a Nightline Prime investigation - has been held for 14 consecutive years in Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

The event sees upwards of 60 fathers pledging to ‘protect their daughter’s choices for purity'.

Fathers taking part are expected to sign a ‘purity covenant’ in which they, as ‘High Priest of their home and family’ pledge ‘before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the area of purity’

The daughters silently commit to live pure lives before God through the symbol of laying down a white rose at the cross, before engaging in a wedding-type dance with their father.

Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers
An unidentified father and daughter kneel at a cross after the girls lay white roses symbolising their commitment to purity at a ball
 
Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers
Ron Jonson places the ring on the forth finger of his daughters left hand - her wedding finger
 
A new documentary follows two families who are taking part in this ritual; the Wilsons, whose father Randy is one of the founders of the father daughter balls, and the Johnsons from Indiana.

While all seven of the Wilson children are home schooled, socialising mainly with other members of their church community, the Johnson children attend a regular high school.

But while they might be exposed to normal teenage behaviour at school, at home they have the message of purity enforced by father Ron, who is the head pastor at the Living Stones Church.

One scene sees Ron kneeling in front of one of his younger daughter, gifting her with her purity ring.

‘One of the things you’ve been asking daddy about is “when am I going to get my purity ring?”

‘One of things I think it’s important to remember is this is your desire to do it the Lord's way and really save yourself from kissing lots of toads along the way and wait for your prince charming to come along,' he says.

Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers A young girl signs the purity covenant as a witness: It states that her father, as High Priest of the household, will now protect her virginity
 
Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers
A young girl signs the purity covenant as a witness: It states that her father, as High Priest of the household, will now protect her virginity

Purity Balls See Girls Gift Their Virginity To Their Fathers
A father presents his daughter with her ring: Randy Wilson founded the first Father Daughter Ball in 1998
 
Brandishing a gold ring, Ron continues: ‘This is just a reminder that keeping yourself pure is important. So you keep this on your finger and from this point you are married to the Lord and your father is your boyfriend.’

He then places the ring on the forth finger of his daughter's left hand – her wedding finger.

The concept of purity pledges exists in in over 17 countries and across America, blossoming from the original purity movement that began in the USA in the 1980s.

Adolescent members of church groups began taking vows of abstinence and wearing rings to symbolise their commitment as a backlash to the perceived sexual liberation of the past decades and the growing AIDS epidemic.

They soon began wearing rings to symbolise their commitment, but the idea of girls giving their virginity to their father to safeguard until marriage, and the ceremonial purity balls, developed much later in alliance with Evangelical church movements.



Related

ODDITY 5953234712481356858

Post a Comment

emo-but-icon

FOLLOW US

Stay updated via Email Newsletter:

Recent

Hot in week

Comments

POPULAR POSTS

RANDOM STORIES

LAST MONTH

Translate

item