Ms. Valenti presents many skewed facts in her publication regarding abstinence education, abstinence programs, and people in the abstinence movement. She doesn’t seem to get the fact that abstinence programs help young women (and men) build self-esteem, by having them take an inward look at how valuable they are as a person. It’s also learning to care about their bodies. By remaining abstinent, they are more likely to be healthy physically and emotionally when they enter a marital relationship.
Unfortunately, for any female that would have the misfortune to take her teachings to heart she draws all the wrong conclusions from some of the harmful social propensities she observes. She too easily shrugs off the over sexualization of our nation's children and wrongly denies the danger it presents -- one of which is the growing rates of STDs in girls that I mentioned above. And forget about gender roles. She doesn't imagine there is such a thing.