The Pursuit of Teen Girl Purity

Striking back against a Girls Gone Wild culture, many fathers and daughters are choosing a much different path

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At the ball, girls as young as 4 join Dad for dinner, dancing and testimony about living a "pure life." Purity balls have been held across the country.

There are some mothers and some uncles among the 150 people in the ballroom of the Broadmoor hotel, but the night belongs to fathers and daughters. The girls generally range in age from college down to the tiny 4-year-old dressed all in purple who has climbed up into her father's arms to be carried. Some are in their first high heels--you can tell by the way they walk, like uncertain baby giraffes. Randy Wilson, co-inventor of the Father-Daughter Purity Ball, offers a blessing: he calls on the men to be good and loving listeners, tender, gracious and truthful. And he prays...

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