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Often, chastity is understood as merely sexual abstinence or abstinence; The ideal of intentional and deliberate chastity is, however, more profound: chastity is the behavior of a person to behave shamefully on the basis of an acquired feeling of shame or a conscious principle, and to shun the innocent and the violations of morality. In many cultures, the call for chastity as a religious commandment plays a role (see also taboo). This understanding of chastity as a general moderation, which is not limited to sexual behavior alone, can also be observed in the development of the word keusch in German. Even in Middle High German[wp], kiusche meant "modest" or "conscious". Recently in New High German[wp] the significance narrowed to sexual abstinence.
In Christian iconography, the seven deadly sins[wp] are often compared to the seven virtues[wp]; Chastity, as a virtue, is the counterpart of Lust[wp] (latin luxuria). A symbol of virgin purity is the lilium[wp].
Quote: «It was never the traditional view that a woman's erotic power over men was anything she possessed unconditional personal rights over. Instead, the use to which she put this natural power was understood to be freighted with extensive responsibilities - to God, her family, the man to whom she gave herself, the children produced by the union, and her own long-term well being. In order to fulfill her obligations as creature, daughter, wife, and mother she required considerable powers of self-control. This cultivated and socially reinforced sexual self-control was known as modesty[wp]. It required chiefly the duty of chastity before marriage and fidelity within marriage; secondarily, it involved maintaining a certain demeanor toward men - polite but reserved.» - F. Roger Devlin
- Wikipedia has an article about Chastity
- Josef Spindelböck: Von der notwendigen Wiederentdeckung der Keuschheit - Ein Ausweg aus sozialer und kultureller Dekadenz, Katholisches am 9. Dezember 2009