Linda Kay Klein reads from her memoir "Pure"
Author Linda Kay Klein will discuss her book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free at Readers’ Books in the Readers' Garden at 11 am on Saturday, July 13th. Klein’s book examines the Purity Movement that originated in the 1990's in white evangelical Christain cultures. From purity rings, pledges, and even purity balls came the message that girls are sexual “stumbling blocks” for boys and men and female sexuality reflects the corruption of her character.
Having grown up in this movement, Klein is uniquely qualified to shine a light on the damage this type of sexual policing has inflicted. In the course of finding healing for herself, she embarked on a twelve-year quest that eventually led to churches seeking a new way to marry sexuality and spirituality. Ultimately, this book comes from a place of hope and recovery, opening up a long needed discussion.
Linda Kay Klein is the founder of Break Free Together. She earned a Masters degree from New York University focused on American evangelical Christian gender and sexuality messaging for girls, and has spent over a decade working at the cross section of faith, gender, and social change. A Midwesterner at heart, she now lives in New York City with her family. Her website can be found at https://lindakayklein.com/