#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing

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When Emily Joy Allison outed her abuser on Twitter, she launched #ChurchToo, a movement to expose the culture of sexual abuse and assault utterly rampant in Christian churches in America. Not a single denomination is unaffected. And the reasons are somewhat different than those you might find in the #MeToo stories coming out of Hollywood or Washington. While patriarchy and misogyny are problems everywhere, they take on a particularly pernicious form in Christian churches where those with power have been insisting, since many decades before #MeToo, that this sexually dysfunctional environment is, in fact, exactly how God wants it to be.

#ChurchToo turns over the rocks of the church's sexual dysfunction, revealing just what makes sexualized violence in religious contexts both ubiquitous and uniquely traumatizing. It also lays the groundwork for not one but many paths of healing from a religious culture of sexual shame, secrecy, and control, and for victims of assault to live full, free, healthy lives.

Title:#ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing
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    #ChurchToo: How Purity Culture Upholds Abuse and How to Find Healing Reviews

  • David Wineberg

    The difference between #metoo and #churchtoo is that the latter tackles a whole litany of abuses, mostly centered on sexual purity. In the evangelical world, purity means no talk, knowledge or experie...

  • Carissa Winn

    Emily's book provides a foundational resource for all things purity culture - what it is, how it manifests in Christian settings, and how it seeps into the rest of the "secular" world (via avenues suc...

  • Christina John

    this book was tough and heavy to read but SO GOOD. emily so boldly speaks on how dangerous purity culture is- the messages that demonize bodies, that bring sexual shame from a young age, that purposef...

  • Nathan Shuherk

    With my Christian and former Christian friends, talking about purity culture seems to be a regular topic of conversation. We all have stories of really awful lessons we learned, and it’s easy to see...

  • Hannah Evans

    I can’t believe I’ve never read a book that systematically explains why purity culture is Bad and the implications it holds for all people who are raised in it and continue to teach it, but I’m ...

  • Anna

    #ChurchToo is incredibly needed, thoughtfully written, and is hard to put down because you read truth rarely spoken on every page. As a lesbian who grew up in an intense evangelical sect and who also ...

  • Becca

    The book that the Christian Church needs to read! While I did not grow up in a strictly purity culture church, it was still influenced by that mentality. This book helps unpack some of those ideas for...

  • Bailey Amis

    A must read for anyone in or in proximity to the church. Emily outlines the very important connections between purity culture, complimentarianism, and church culture or the 90s and 2000s and the large...

  • Rose Johnson

    Heartbreaking though it is that this book needed to have been written, Emily wrote it exquisitely. Well-researched but not pedantic, welcoming to reader-survivors & simultaneously scathing to their ab...

  • Shelby Lynne

    I feel like I've been waiting for this book my entire life, even before I knew that purity culture was toxic, that there was a life outside of it, that I could both be happy *and* thrive. If you grew ...