Linda Kay Klein, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, has researched Purity Culture for over 15 years and is the founder of Break Free Together. We talk about Art as social change and how society could be better with comprehensive sex education.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Purity Culture w/ Linda Kay Klein, Blair (talkpuritytome), Meg Cowan, and Kevin Miguel Garcia
The Wonder and The Mystery of Being
Ok this one is a bit of a MEGASODE! It became apparent to me during the course of making this episode that this topic is far-reaching and also affects many people in many different ways. So, in an effort to cover as much ground as possible in a reasonable amount of time, this episode features segments from conversations with 4 different people who have all experienced purity culture from different viewpoints. Check out Linda Kay Klein:www.lindakayklein.comCheck out Talk Purity To Me:www.instagram.com/talkpuritytomeCheck out Meg Cowan:www.megcowan.comCheck out Kevin Miguel Garcia:www.thekevingarcia.com
This week’s radical is Linda Kay Klein, author of the memoir Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, and founder of the nonprofit Break Free Together, which helps people who have left the purity movement to find closure and a sense of community by sharing their stories with others.Over the course of our conversation, we discuss what purity is, how it impacted a generation of women (and men), the path that led Linda to a new understanding of the world, and how she’s worked to help others find the same healing she has.Some Questions I Ask:What was the spark for your book, Pure? (1:21)What does it mean to be expected to go from no sexual contact whatsoever, to being hypersexual? (13:32)Tell me about your nonprofit, Break Free Together (16:44)What brought your family into the Evangelical church? (27:41)What led to you leaving the church? (34:15)What was the path that led you to New York? (41:29)How did your parents handle your shift away from the purity movement? (44:14)In This Episode, You Will Learn:The rise and fall (and transformation) of the purity movement (4:12)What purity culture entails (6:17)How pornography (poorly) fills the void left by the absence of meaningful sex education (16:04)How the everyday practice of purity culture is traumatizing to those who experience it (20:44)The factors that made the purity movement so successful (32:54)The events that started to chip away at the narrative of purity for Linda (36:36)How Linda coped with her mother’s fear that she would go to Hell (45:38)How the language around purity is shifting and becoming more insidious (48:47)Resources:Linda’s WebsiteBuy PureBreak Free TogetherFollow Linda on Twitter and Instagram See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Linda Kay Klein: Is my body bad? A conversation about purity culture.
Back To The Body with Kara Elise
Welcome back to season 2 friends! First things first! I've got a new program that just launched called EMBODY circles. These small and intimate circles of women are aimed to give you the tools and empower you to reconnect to your body and create space for healthy relationships! I've got a couple spots left and you can find more info at bykaraelise.teachable.comOn this episode, I sit down with Linda Kay Klein, an author, speaker, coach + social activist to talk about Purity Culture! Linda wrote PURE: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, which is a book that has helped so many unpack the shame that came with growing up in purity culture.On this episode, we talk about the underlying belief that permeates purity culture (the body is bad) and we talk about both the history and longstanding affects that came with the purity movement. Our conversation centers around the polarity caused by this belief system and ways that we can more holistically and healthfully view our sexuality and live as embodied people.You can find Linda's work at lindakayklein.com or at breakfreetogether.comYou can find her on social at @lindakaykleinMake sure to say hello to me @bykaraelise or find me at www.bykaraelise.com
Episode 7: Purity Culture - Reframing Sexuality from an Evangelical Lens: Linda Kay Klein
Reframing our Stories: The Podcast
In Linda’s book Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, she discusses what it was like as an Evangelical girl growing up in purity culture and the effect it had on her sexuality. The book also highlights the countless other women who she interviewed nationwide on the same topic. Whenever I do workshops within a church community, I recommend this excellent book which mirrors so many stories of women who grew up in religious communities in the 90s. In this podcast, we discuss her work as the founder and president of the nonprofit, Break Free Together and her work as a personal coach dedicated to helping people release shame and claim their whole selves. She is changing lives and I am so happy to have spent our time together. Linda’s work was born out of her 15 years of research on religious trauma around sex and gender, documented in her award-winning book. Linda’s work has been featured by CBS, NBC, NPR (her interview with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross having been named one of the top ten of the year), and over 150 other outlets, and she has been highlighted on the TEDx stage, and at The Apollo’s Women of the World Festival, the 92Y SHE Summit, and over 100 other venues. Linda is also teaching faculty at Claremont Lincoln University and consults with organizations and individuals committed to doing good. Previously, she was the founding director of Echoing Green’s multi-award-winning Work on Purpose program. The program’s leadership development curriculum on how to find and follow your purpose was adopted by over 200 colleges/universities, nonprofits and corporations and has impacted tens of thousands of emerging professionals. Prior to this, she led Moving Millions, propelling what was then a $181-million campaign for large-scale investment in women and girls into the global community of 100+ donor-activists committed that it is today, and held other roles within academia and the women’s funding movement. Linda has contributed to several publications, and authored two successful curricula and training programs. She was awarded the NYU Reynolds Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship for her work on religiously-rooted sexual shame in 2006. She later became a judge for the Forbes 30 Under 30 faith-based initiative, and the Echoing Green, AshokaU, and NYU Reynolds social entrepreneurship fellowship competitions. She is chair of the Board for the Forum for Theological Exploration board, and sits on the advisory boards of Feminist.com’s Our Inner Lives initiative and New York University’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership. Linda holds an interdisciplinary Masters degree in gender studies, religious studies, oral history, nonfiction writing, and art as social change from NYU and is a trained Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education facilitator. A Midwesterner at heart, Linda lives in New York City with her family. She is the wife of a writer and social change agent who inspires her every day, and the “bonus mom” to a very cool teenager. Learn more about Linda at Break Free Together and follow her on Instagram.
108: Breaking Free from Purity Culture w/ Linda Kay Klein
All throughout the month of January, we’re going to be revisiting the topic of purity culture in preparation for our upcoming Parenting After Purity Culture conference. We’ll talk about what purity culture is and how it relates to parenting. We’re also going to bring back some archived episodes on the topic, as well as new interviews with experts whose work centers around the recovery from purity culture and sex-positive parenting. My hope and purpose, as always, is to help you break toxic cycles and move toward health and wholeness for your kids and all kids of the coming generations. In today’s episode, we’re revisiting an episode with Linda Kay Klein. She is the author of the book Pure: Inside The Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free. Linda is also going to be a featured speaker at the conference, so I can’t wait for you all to hear from her. Tune in to hear all about the damaging effects of purity culture and Linda’s personal experience with it. Show Highlights: Linda’s working definition of purity culture. How purity culture affected every area of her life. Why offering our children as many choices as possible is so important. How evangelicalism twisted young women’s identity to be all about sex. How to set our children up for healthier sexuality by offering actual sex conversations, not just purity conversations. How to talk about sex without shame. How purity culture has set young women up to be more vulnerable to sexual predators. How the message of purity culture was delivered differently and equally to boys and girls. Advice for those climbing out of the purity culture world but still partially in that space. Links (affiliates included): Parenting After Purity Culture Conference - https://www.parentingforwardconference.com Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - https://www.patreon.com/cindywangbrandt Parenting Forward, the Book - https://amzn.to/3g0LJPn *** EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at https://emeraldcitypro.com
Ep 28: Breaking Free From Silence and Shame with Linda Kay Klein
The Learn to Love Podcast
What does the divine love of God look like? When someone has been indoctrinated so tightly to feel shame about their sexuality, what's the first step to breaking out of it? How can we encourage more people to see their faith as loving and accepting of all peoples? Find out in this week's episode of The Learn to Love Podcast, where your host Zach Beach interviews coach, author, and founder of Break Free Together, Linda Kay Klein on Breaking Free From Silence and ShameLearn more about your guest below:Linda Kay Klein is founder and president of the nonprofit, Break Free Together, and a personal coach dedicated to helping people release shame and claim their whole selves. This work was born out of her 15 years of research on religious trauma around sex and gender, documented in her award-winning book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free. Linda’s work has been featured by hundreds of outlets and venues, including CBS, NBC, NPR, TEDx stage, and The Apollo’s Women of the World Festival. She holds an interdisciplinary Masters degree in gender studies, religious studies, oral history, nonfiction writing, and art as social change from NYU.Learn more at * https://lindakayklein.com/ * https://www.instagram.com/lindakayklein/ * https://twitter.com/LindaKayKlein * https://www.facebook.com/lindakayklein * https://lindakayklein.com/break-free-together/Learn more about your host and the show at:www.zachbeach.com www.the-heart-center.comLike us on Facebook: facebook.com/learntolovenowJoin the Community group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1428012130828678/
#257 – Breaking the Brokenness Inside with Linda Kay Klein
Sex in the Pews
Linda Kay Klein, renowned Speaker and Author of the best selling “Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free”, makes a profound premier in the Pews. The episode commences with Linda conveying: how she has never felt so welcome on a podcast, life in New York City during COVID, being a Midwesterner at heart, about her husband Jimmy Briggs, how they manage stress now, being a “bonus mom”, her experience in and escape from Evangelical Christianity, what drew her into the religion as a 13 year old, the long term effect on her sexuality, the “True Love Waits” movement and its emphasis on “being sexless”. Then the two Kleins discuss: courting for marriage, “Promise Keepers”, rampant STD’s in the Purity Movement, the process she went through to sexual healing, the prominence of pregnancy tests in attempts for peace-of-mind for some victims, how secular society responded to her story, VP Mike Pence, breaking the brokenness inside, the worldwide impact of her book, her Break Free Together Foundation, the power of story exchange, plus so much more! It ain’t going to be boring. Powerful and poignant adult content, insight, humor and spirituality. NSFW or children. A portion of all proceeds donated to combat human sex slave trafficking and genital mutilation.
#1.4 - Linda Kay Klein: The Author of "Pure" on Breaking Free from the Evangelical Purity Movement
Hard to Believe - A Podcast About Belief
Author Linda Kay Klein discusses her book Pure, in which, alongside her recounting of her own experiences in the evangelical purity movement, she features profiles and interviews with other women dealing with and recovering from their past experiences in the movement. Linda holds an interdisciplinary Masters degree in gender studies, religious studies, oral history, nonfiction writing, and art as social change from NYU, and is founder and president of the nonprofit Break Free Together. Her website is lindakayklein.com.
NYT Bestselling author Linda Kay Klein joins Rachel on this episode where they dive into the daily opportunities we all have to experience pleasure. They discuss how people typically do not allow for a personal daily practice of pleasure, and how we can all change this to become more engaged with our true authentic selves.