|My posts on "purity balls" can be found here.|
It seems that some of the same people behind the "purity balls" for fathers and daughters thought it would be a good thing to have "integrity balls" for mothers and sons. A cursory google search on "integrity balls" highlighted a few significant differences:
- While fathers made pledges to guard their daughter's purity, mothers made no pledges whatsoever.
- Daughters pledged to their fathers; sons pledged to God.
- Daughters pledged to remain "sexually pure"; sons pledged about a vague "purity of lifestyle".
- Daughters were encouraged to view their purity as a gift they would give their husbands; sons were encouraged not to damage the purity of another man's future wife or another man's daughter. (At the "integrity ball", girls were likened to used cars; no one wants one with too high mileage.)
- Press coverage of "purity balls" showed lots of pictures of father-daughter "couples", who were encouraged to pose for prom-like pictures. Press coverage of "integrity balls" --- at least what I read --- only showed pictures of two male speakers and did not show a single picture of a mother or son attendee. No mention was made of pseudo-prom pictures.