David Magnusson

Purity

04 February — 11 May, 2014

When I first heard about Purity Balls I imagined angry American dads sitting on their porches with shotguns in their laps, afraid of anything that could hurt their daughters.

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But the more I read about the girls and their fathers who had participated in the ceremonies, I was surprised to realise how much I recognised myself in them. I understood that the fathers wanted the absolute best for their children, and that they used what they had learned from their culture and their religion to be as good a parent and model as possible. Quite simply, they wanted to protect their loved ones in the best possible way. In addition, it was often the girls who had suggested that they would go to the ball. They made their decisions based on their convictions and their faith, sometimes with fathers who did not know what a Purity Ball was before they were invited by their daughters.

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"For me, Purity is about how we are shaped by the society in which we grow up and how we interpret the world through the values we incorporate as our own." - David Magnusson

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