Arch conservative Erick Erickson has called for a return of the use of chastity belts. Erickson, founder of the right-wing web site Red State, said men should have control over women’s sexual habits.
This is not the first time Erickson has expressed sexist views. In the past he has accused “feminazis” of being too ugly to date. He also said men are naturally dominant over women. Erickson recently disinvited Donald Trump from a meeting of conservative leaders because of sexist comments he made about FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly.
“I’m in favor of having women and young girls wear chastity belts,” Erickson said. “Women are too emotional to be able to control their own vaginas and ovaries. Men need to control that.”
Erickson also said fathers were the defenders of their daughters’ honor until they get married and suggested making handing over the keys to chastity belts part of the wedding ceremony.
This opinion was supported by Brian Walters, a leading proponent of purity balls, formal dances where daughters go on “dates” with their fathers and pledge abstinence until marriage.
“We in the purity ball movement believe a father has control over his daughter’s virginity until she gets married and hands it over to her husband,” Walters said. “Giving the groom the keys to the chastity belt is very symbolic. It’s literally handing him the keys to the kingdom.”