While many might limit purity culture to a specifically evangelical Christian phenomenon, pervasive in evangelical youth groups and camps, this overlooks the ways in which purity culture functions outside of evangelical circles. Limiting the scope of purity culture to these evangelical groups fails to perceive the extensiveness of expectations around purity both within and outside of religious communities. When people, especially gender, sexual, and/or racial minorities, fail to be sexually normative (pure), their failure becomes an excuse for rape. Jessica Valenti describes one piece of this in her connection between feminine purity and violence: “But the myth of sexual purity still reigns supreme, and it grossly affects the way American society thinks about violence toward women. So long as women are supposed to be ‘pure,’ and so long as our morality is defined by our sexuality, sexualized violence against us will continue to be both accepted and expected.” According to Valenti, the unachievable standards set by purity culture become an excuse for violence. As McEwan’s example suggests, rape culture deems anyone found not following the rules of purity culture deserving of sexual violence and/or rapeable. Thus, purity culture and rape culture are not opposing concepts, but rather, interlocking ideas that support one another. Purity culture provides the logic that gives life to the myths surrounding rape culture (MM 4).