Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture
Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture
Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture
Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture
Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture
Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture
Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture
Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture

Rising from the Ashes of Purity Culture

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In my childhood, I was exposed to a startling combination of sexual exploitation and purity culture brainwashing. Despite six years of therapy and four years of full-time abuse healing, I was oblivious to the effects of toxic purity culture (especially paired with childhood sexual abuse), until I started having purity culture nightmares.

After going a bunch of research and self-work, I still needed something more to process my feelings and free myself from the toxic effects of purity culture and rape culture, which are deeply intertwined. 

I created this painting to liberate myself - and to help free other women. 

The rebirth of our sexual freedom is depicted as a phoenix egg about to hatch, within a crucible. The painting depicts an alchemical transformation, chain-breaking magic. 

36 x 36, acrylic on gallery canvas