Jul 14, 2014
Oh look at all these dads creeping on their daughters, for Jesus
In virginity news, let us now examine Swedish photographer David Magnusson’s photographs of fathers and virginal daughters at their purity balls. What is a purity ball, you ask? Oh, just a formal ceremony where a daughter pledges not to experience natural, healthy sexual pleasure in any way, shape, or form until she’s married, of course. She makes the promise to God, but since he’s busy being invisible in the sky, her dad stands in. This makes sense when you consider the aggressively patriarchal nature of conservative Christianity. It also makes sense when you consider that some fathers are not happy nice time people but are instead creepy, overprotective hymencopter dads, who totally look like they want to fuck their daughters.
What? We’re just saying.
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These cherry parties are like medieval proxy weddings, so that’s fun. David Rosenberg of Slate writes a rather sweetly non-judgmental post about Magnusson’s project (it helps that Magnusson himself seems sweetly nonjudgmental). Over at Buzzfeed, they’ve got basically the same thing going on. Thankfully, Tom Hawking at Flavorwire calls them “fucking weird,” which is exactly what they are. Naturally, we’ve got a few of the photos for you to…not “enjoy,” certainly. “Digest?” “Endure?” Regardless, here they are. Please do share your thoughts in the comments. And by the by, if you’ve ever had a virginity ball or participated in one, you are morally obligated by Zombie Baby Jesus to post them in said comments. Thank you.