Hopefully Sweet 16 Balls aren't part of the past but if we leave it to the evangelical christian movement the only balls our daughters will attend are the Purity Balls.
This is a gala where fathers and daughters dance and feast the night away. The young girl and young lady takes a vow to save her virginity til marriage. She signs a virginity covenant.
Her allegiance to this commitment is made with her daddy. Her young sexuality for purity is placed in his patriarchal hands. Many of these young girls make a promise to their fathers not even to kiss a boy until they have wedded. Dad places a pen in her hands as he glows with a smile. After the signing of their contract & covenant he puts a commitment ring on his daughter's finger. 'Where is Mother during all of this?' I guess at home doing a load of his laundry.
Now one of the prerequisites for attending such a function is that you are about to or have begun your menstrual cycle. Ain't that a hoot! Call me creepy or call me eerie, but I don't want to and never have wanted to be a part of a Father & Daughter's evening based on a guideline, 'Have you had your period?' There is something completely off kilter going on here.
The fathers are dressed dappered down in tuxedos and the daughters are wearing formals an evening gowns. Beautifully attired they are in high priced backless prom-like dresses. I'm giving myself chills just thinking of it. I wonder when was the last time Dad took Mom out polished and smellin' good in a tuxedo? This evangelical movement for our girls pledging their virginity as a keepsake to their daddy's has been taking place for nearly the last decade.
Yes, a young girl's sexuality now belongs to her father.
- Miss Vicki
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