A generation of evangelical women is struggling to navigate the aftermath of purity culture

Unpacking a faith you love while reconciling some of its teaching’s harms creates a natural internal resistance. It can test definitions of faith; it can linger in your body. Even when a person no longer believes lessons once core to their worldview, Klein notes, often “their body is still functioning as though the old worldview is at play, because their neural pathways have been so deeply paved to do so.” Physically, spiritually, it’s a difficult gap to cross.