- Reach out to women and men trying to reconcile their own sexuality with their understanding of "what God wants," cultural stigma, and media pressures.
- Demonstrate how Christian ideas about purity have infiltrated American politics and culture--and why women are losing.
- Offer an affirmative, healing new path for women to understand their sexuality: one that reconciles scripture, culture, and common sense.
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I don't agree with all Anderson's conclusions. In particular, she completely failed to persuade me about one of her core points around sexual ethics in relation to her interpretation of Biblical fornication. Her interpretation has merit: I just don't agree with the conclusion she draws. However, it's a useful argument if only to show why some people choose to believe as Anderson does. I'd be disappointed if Christian readers (and leaders) dismissed all Anderson's views simply because they disagree with her on one or two points (albeit major points). I'm sure Damaged Goods is going to come under scrutiny from a section of the church for failing to submit to the "man knows best" propaganda prevalent in many churches. I've no doubt some reviewers will be mansplaining how and why Anderson is wrong. They will be missing her main point: that, too often, purity culture idolises virginity, yet salvation is through Jesus alone, and God forgives all our sins, including sexual sin. I hope Damaged Goods opens up debate around the place of sex in the Christian life, and that virginity isn't the sole measure of a right attitude to sex. Recommended for those open-minded enough to concede that contemporary churches aren't perfect. Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.