He and I did not spend as much time studying Latin together as I thought we would, but as the weight of his torso falls over me like a curtain of hormonal moonlight, I regret nothing. His mouth is making its way up my neck in small, damp kisses, his breath heavy with smoke and beer. Sex sells, but virginity—and the supposed loss of virtue that goes along with it—is also a multimillion dollar industry.
Virginity is the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse. Like chastitythe concept of virginity has traditionally involved sexual abstinence. The concept of virginity usually involves moral or religious issues and can have consequences in terms of social status and in interpersonal relationships.
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Olivia Sieff. Sex is a common feature in society. Numerous cultures highly value female virginity, sometimes even trusting it with certain religious beliefs or rituals. In many societies, when a girl loses her virginity before marriage, she becomes a whore.
Most persons value it and protect it while others freely give it to the first person to ask. What is the v-card? Society has held virgins in high regard and the bible treasures a woman who is holding on until marriage.
B efore I reached the age of consent I was desperate to lose my virginity while it was still illegal. I thought it would be two fingers up to authority. But it didn't happen, despite the fact that my first kiss, aged 15, had almost gone a lot further.
Female virginity is often regarded so highly in our culture, but only up to a certain age that some people deem acceptable. In this week's Sex Talk RealnessCosmopolitan. What is your current relationship status?
Joyce Salisbury examines attitudes toward chastity, sexuality, and gender held by a group of Early Christian women ascetics. Salisbury contrasts the doctrines established by the Church Fathers with the deeds of a group of women who developed an independent ascetic tradition. In the late fourth century, Augustine wrote a letter to a chaste matron, Ecdicia. Ecdicia's husband fell from his vow and took a mistress; the aggrieved wife wrote to Augustine seeking advice, and no doubt sympathy.
And this ties into what is known as the sexual double standard: Women are shamed for having sex and men are rewarded for it. The idea of your first penis-in-vagina sexual encounter being something significant and life altering well, for women anyway has origins in women being considered property. That is to say, virginity is a social construction that came about because of the commodification of women.