I Don’t Make Promises Anymore
Acrylic paint on decorative paper
23.5” x 33.5”
McGill wore a purity ring for 12 years on her ring finger and with that came a microbiome of insecurity, distrust to anyone “other,” and loyalty to a cause that only wanted to add to their million dollar industry by selling a symbolic piece of metal. The purity movement allows emotional and psychological abuse to continue by telling people to not trust their bodies, minds, or hearts because those are all susceptible to “temptation.” If the idea of a purity ring did not leave implications of shame, perpetuated assault, and lack of trust, then perhaps it would be a good idea. In this piece, McGill gives “the finger” to the purity ring industry.