My previous topic on "born-again virgins" seemed to be getting a little sidetracked into discussion of purity rings, so I figured I'd make another one. So, I wonder what Catholics think about the "Purity" movement, which seems to be mostly popular in evangelical circles in the US, as opposed to the Chastity language more favored among Catholics. I've seen individual posters discuss that either they, or their teenage children, do wear purity rings or have taken purity pledges. Haven't seen anyone post about going to a purity ball, but I've seen a TLC documentary on them.
Now, it seems to me that much of this could be taken as pretentious, concerned mostly with outward appearance, and often hypocritical, as from what I understand, most teens who take purity or abstinence pledges wind up breaking them anyway, either in spirit (by avoiding intercourse but engaging in other sinful activities) or completely. It would also seem that many CAFers think it is pretentious or tasteless to broadcast one's virginity status to the public, yet it seems that wearing a purity rings is doing just that, much as someone wearing a wedding ring is broadcasting one's marital status.
On the other hand, to publicly proclaim a commitment to chastity might help in providing someone with incentive to keep that commitment instead of looking bad in front of everyone, and I guess it might help weed out some frogs on the dating scene...though unfortunately there are some men who'd actually be motivated to "conquer" such a person and date them with the express intent of getting the person to break their pledge. Women, too...I know of a woman who seduced a young man who was engaged and kept telling everyone who'd listen about how he and his fiancee were chaste and waiting for the wedding night. Not sure quite why she did this, but it did seem she felt motivated to prove this man a hypocrite, or perhaps that she was so desirable no man could resist her advances.
So, has anyone here either participated in anything purity-related, or otherwise, had a chance to do so and passed it up?