The @nytimes is joining us in reporting on the purity culture trend of the 1990s and 2000s and how pervasive evangelical movements like True Love Waits still impact many adults across the South today.
You can read our entire series on #purityculture here, where we interviewed representatives from the Southern Baptist Convention, @HarrisJosh, sex and mental health therapists, and more.…
Dr. Sean McDowell said he wishes more church leadership had publicly questioned some of the purity culture messages that were promoted in Christian circles without a deeper examination of how Biblically sound they were.…
Reporter @_AnnaBeahm spoke with @HarrisJosh about his reflections on the impact of his book, "I Kissed Dating Goodbye." Harris wrote it as a teen, and it was touted in many evangelical Christian circles as a guide for abstinence. He's since denounced it.…
We heard from a sex therapist that some who were taught about sex through the #purityculture movement and who "wait until marriage," experience sexual dysfunction as adults.…
While a large portion of research on purity culture has focused on how the ideology has affected women and girls, these same gender expectations enforce an unrealistic view of masculinity and male sexuality, according to researchers and educators.…
And while sex education in the South often fails to prepare young people for their first sexual encounter, there are concerned students, parents and nonprofit organizations working to provide more comprehensive sex education across the region.…
If you're a parent, educator, minister or someone who is still dealing with the effects of being taught about sex through the purity culture lens, these resources might help you reframe sex education.…

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18 Jul 19
Let's talk about... cotton!

You may think of cotton as a product of Alabama's past, when slavery and, later, sharecropping provided the intense labor that was needed for cotton production.

But Alabamians still grow cotton for buyers around the world!
Nick McMichen's family has been growing cotton in Cherokee County outside Centre for generations, going back to sharecroppers in the late 19th century.

“Cotton is more than a crop,” McMichen said. “Around here, it’s part of us."…
Jerry Newby’s family goes back even further. He is the seventh generation to grow cotton on his family farm in Limestone County.

Jerry, along with family members Jimmy, James. John and Elizabeth, works about 3,500 acres of cotton spanning 50 miles.…
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