Think you know the meaning of virginity? You'll be surprised to find out what Jessica Valenti discovered. Recently, I sat down with Valenti to discuss the book, the myths, and what's going on at those Purity Balls.
Virginity has always been a big deal. Countless cultures have been obsessed with the concept from their beginnings. Virginity is conceptual, it is a social construction.
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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Miley Cyrus has come a long way from the sanitised Disney Channel persona of her early years. Each one has a marginalised identity not typically seen within pop culture. The video is also littered with feminist slogans, including one that has sparked controversy online: virginity is a social construct.
A few weeks ago I got a phone call from one of my girlfriends announcing that she got a boyfriend. I asked her what she intended to say to him about how they will protect their purity. This got me to think about two things:.
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.
Her book looks at the fallacies of virginity, chastity and purity through the lens of our sexually charged media culture. More than 1, purity balls, where young girls pledge their virginity to their fathers at a promlike event, were held in the balls are federally funded. Virginity and chastity are reemerging as a trend in pop culture, in our schools, in the media, and even in legislation.
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For centuries, scholars have mused over the meaning of the bizarre physical posture of the virgin priestess at Delphi. The image of prophecies taking shape inside a virginal body provides the starting point for this revealing exploration of the concept of the female body in Greece before the impact of Christianity. In an analysis drawing upon Greek drama, myths, vase paintings, religious practices, the philosophers, and the Hippocratic medical writings, Giulia Sissa draws striking conclusions about the classical conceptions of sexual purity and of the female body as vehicle and vessel. She argues persuasively that virginity, for the Greeks, was unrelated to the breaking of the hymen and was not irrevocably lost after sexual relations.