Purity ring

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A chastity ring
A Purity Ring made from sterling silver.

Purity rings (also known as chastity rings, abstinence rings) are worn as a sign of chastity. The practice originated in the United States in the 1990s among Christian-affiliated sexual abstinence groups.[1] Wearing a purity ring is typically accompanied by a religious vow to practice abstinence until marriage.[2]

David Bario of the Columbia News Service wrote:[3]

Under the Bush administration, organizations that promote abstinence and encourage teens to sign virginity pledges or wear purity rings have received federal grants. The Silver Ring Thing, a subsidiary of a Pennsylvania evangelical church, has received more than $1 million from the government to promote abstinence and to sell its rings in the United States and abroad.

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  1. ^ "Teen Pledges Barely Cut STD Rates, Study Says". washingtonpost.com. 2005-03-19. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Vernacular Abstinence". Practical Matters Journal. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  3. ^ "Power to the pure: Rutland Herald Online". Rutlandherald.com. 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2011-12-11.