CosmoGirl magazine was founded in 1999 in order to advance female empowerment (and, of course, sell ad space) by promoting a sexually assertive femininity that was stripped of scruple.

Well, CosmoGirl folded in 2008, less than a decade after its founding, and in today’s column , David Mills argues that it’s time to retire the idea its editors championed and instead rediscover the promise of empowerment through chastity.

One does not need to be a Christian to know that chastity empowers. The control of the appetites makes you free. The chaste young woman is the only one of whom it can truly be said, “It is up to the girl.” Freud knew this, after all, which is perhaps why the sexually liberationist form of feminist tends to hate him almost as much as they hate Christ.

Read the rest here.