How purity culture and anti-Asian racism intersect in some white evangelical circles

The intersection of purity culture and anti-Asian racism is familiar to many Asian American Christian women, who say there’s long been a connection between the two among white, conservative Christians.

But recently, they say, there’s been more public scrutiny of how purity culture disproportionately blames women of color after law enforcement officials said Robert Aaron Long, the man who has been charged with killing eight people, six of them Asian women, at three Atlanta-area spas in March, had a “sex addiction” and a “temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.” 

Purity culture,” a subculture of evangelical Christianity that peaked in the 1990s — with young girls pledging to their fathers to abstain from sex until marriage by wearing “purity rings” — is still present today. It forbids sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage and places the responsibility on women to manage men’s sexual desires by

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The Unofficial Guide to Alternative Methods of Stress Management

After a low-key awards season in Los Angeles—with no in-person Charles Finch x Chanel dinner, Vanity Fair party, or after-after party hosted by Madonna to speak of—the city is more than ready to partake in group gatherings for the summer. From Malibu to Silver Lake, festivities are happening—although invites cautiously start with “fully vaccinated guests only, please.” Soon, we’ll all be filling our backyard patios with smiling, fluorescent-white-toothed guests ready to mingle.

Getting back into the swing of things socially can take some getting used to—and navigating L.A. social circles can be challenging. For many people (present company included,) it quite often tends to cause tons of anxiety. As someone who entertains and socializes a great deal, it has taken me 46 years to realize I have varying degrees of social anxiety. I certainly may not show it in the moment, but after a night of intense “people

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The Beauty Stores, Near and Far, That Are Destinations in Their Own Right

Beautifying ourselves, and seeking out the best inventions with which to do so, has been a source of comfort for millenniums. In Egypt’s Karnak village, beginning in the 16th century B.C., temples served as early shops and produced scented oils used for perfuming the living, embalming the dead, softening the skin and hair, covering up bad breath and easing sore muscles. In 17th-century Europe, apothecaries sold raw materials — plant oils, mineral powders — that enabled patrons to whip up their own potions to disguise concerns such as gray hair and wrinkles. And as the definition of beauty has evolved, so, too, has the function of the beauty shop. Today, when we tend to think of beauty in more holistic terms, the places that sell creams, powders and pigments are often more than merely points for picking up curative goods: They can be sanctuaries for gathering, broadening the mind, stimulating

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#TIKTOK: These “TRENDS” are NOT #DERMATOLOGIST approved! | iHeartRadio

TikTok can be great for some trends, like that whipped coffee craze and learning the latest dances. But not all the beauty tips shared there are keepers and dermatologist Dr. Muneeb Shah says these may even do more harm than good.

● DIY Microneedling – It’s the process of using a “microneedler” or “dermaroller” to create teeny tiny holes on the surface of the skin, which signal the body to go into repair mode, promoting new collagen and elastin growth which improves the texture and tone of skin. Some TikTokers share techniques for DIYing it, but Dr. Shah says, “Home microneedling is a terrible idea for most people!” Poking tiny holes in your face can lead to irritation, allergy and infection, so he advises saving this procedure for the spa or dermatologist.

● Coffee grounds face scrubs – Some beauty seekers are using their coffee grounds as a DIY scrub

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