The Cold Coffee Club, Episode 3 :: The Purity Culture

Today our topic is the purity culture. HMB’s Managing Editor, Elizabeth Baker, joins co-owner Meagan Clanahan discussing one of her most popular posts entitled :: “Why I Won’t Raise My Children in the Purity Culture That Raised Me.” Elizabeth delves into the purity culture and how it affects our society. She also discusses how it affects how she teaches her children about sex and her personal values. 

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Jennifer H
Jennifer is a native outside-the-loop’er growing up and living in the Richmond/Rosenberg area. She has a Bachelors in theology and political science from Texas Lutheran University and a Masters in Liberal Arts from Texas Christian University. She and her husband Greg met in 2010 through and fell in love on their first date. They married exactly one year later and have fought lovingly and constantly since. They have two amazingly brilliant girls, Kaitlyn {June 2013} and Elizabeth {June 2015} who Jen stays home with during the day. When Jen is not curled in a little ball rocking back and forth with Peppa Pig on in the background, she can be found crafting with her Silhouette and/or binge watching The Office for the millionth time. Jen has an uncanny ability to be comfortable in almost any situation put in front of her, thanks to growing up in politics and on the debate team. Before having kids of her own, she had the opportunity to help other kids through teaching, youth ministry, and generally being a helpful, kind soul. You can check out more about Jen on IG @themommymiddle.


  1. I remember signing the purity pledge when I was in 6th grade. I didn’t totally believe it but everyone was doing it and I didn’t want to be left out, or *gasp* for people to think that I was not pure. I did notice, though, that the boys were not being pressured to sign the pledge in the way the girls were. I remember one teacher specifically asking me if I had signed it yet, making me feel bad when I said I hadn’t, and rolling her eyes at the boy next to me who said he hadn’t signed it, either. I also remember that the pledge specifically mentioned that I was making a pledge to my father and that I should give him the paper. I thought that was weird but now as an adult, it is arguably more strange- not to mention, I lived with my mom.

    All of Elizabeth’s points are absolutely spot on. Elizabeth noted that the Purity Movement does not teach consent and the possibility of teaching them that their body is “bad”. I would add one more thing- purity culture teaches you that once you have engaged in sex, you are somehow worth less than you were before, especially if it was outside of marriage (but even if it was not!)

    This podcast was great!


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