Here's a snippet from the interview with Lora:
[Q:] Going back to difficulties with chastity for women, what is their struggle?
[A:] I think all women believe in chastity, especially Filipinas. It just hasn’t been offered in a nice package yet. They believe you have to be a liberated woman to find a man because of media. TV characters don’t get STDs. So, I guess they conform because they think that it is what works. Also, chastity is such a biblical term, so it turns people off.
[Q:] So what do you want to name it then?
[A:] Wala! I have been searching and “purity” sounds so holy. I guess that is why I wrote the book as an attempt to help my friends since chastity is the forgotten virtue...
This is an issue I have talked about with many others who also speak to kids about sex, dating, relationships, abstinence, etc.—what to call the topic under which we address these issues?
I know many people who agree with Lora that "chastity" unfortunately has somewhat of a negative connotation.
But is "purity" an improvement? I'm not so sure, as it's not a term that resonates with teenage guys.
Personally, I'm still inclined to favor, albeit not without some reservations, the term "chastity".