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Some Interesting Facts About Virginity


1.The term “virgin” is related to the Latin root virga, meaning “young shoot,” and virginem, meaning “maiden, unwedded girl or woman, fresh, unused.”
Portmann, John. History of Sin: Its Evolution Today and Beyond. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007.

2. During the 7th century B.C., ancient Roman priestesses called the “vestal virgins” were required to keep their hymens intact as proof of virginity until age 30 or they would be buried alive.
Valenti, Jessica. The Purity Myth. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2011.

3. “V card collecting” is a growing trend among teens who try to have sex with as many virgins as possible.
Leigh, Jennifer Austin. “Male Virginity Myths.” Published in Guide to Teen Girls (June 27, 2009). Psychology Today. 2013. Accessed: December 26, 2013.

4. A “B.A.V.” (born again virgin) is someone who has not had sex for a long time.
Green, Jonathon. Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang. New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Company, 2005.

5. Movies about “losing” one's virginity include Porky’s (1982), The Sessions (2012), American Pie (1999), The Rules of Attraction (2002), The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Almost Famous (2000), Little Darlings (1980), Sixteen Candles (1984), Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Where the Boys Are (1960), and Cruel Intentions (1999).
Let’s Talk about Sex: 20 Movies about Losing Your Virginity.” The PlayList. July 26, 2013. Accessed: December 26, 2013.


6. Tests to detect virginity are as widespread historically as they are unreliable medically. Usually, the tests would fall into four categories: 1) proof of bleeding; 2) gynecological examination, usually performed by a group of women; 3) proof of magical ability by the virgin; and 4) a response to fluid or inhaled fumes.
Colin, Blakemore and Shelia Jennett. “Virginity Tests.” Published in The Oxford Companion to the Body (2001). Encyclopedia.com. 2014. Accessed: December 26, 2013.



7. The UK conducted virginity tests on immigrant women from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh to help determine if the women were lying when they claimed to be engaged to men who lived there. The British government believed that virgins would be less likely to lie about their reasons of immigrating to the country. The practice finally ended in 1979.
British Virginity Testing of Immigrants Must End.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 3, 1979. Accessed: December 26, 2013.


8. The average age of first sexual intercourse among American 
women is 17.
Facts on American Teens’ Sexual and Reproductive Health.” Guttmacher Institute. June 2013. Accessed: April 16, 2014.





9.Physicians note that the presence/absence of the hymen is not adequate proof of virginity. Many women have thin hymens that are stretched or torn easily through riding a bike or other athletic activities.
Colin, Blakemore and Shelia Jennett. “Virginity Tests.” Published in The Oxford Companion to the Body (2001). Encyclopedia.com. 2014. Accessed: December 26, 2013.


10.There is a myth in some parts of Africa that having sex with a virgin can cure HIV/AIDS and, consequently, many young girls are raped.
Portmann, John. History of Sin: Its Evolution Today and Beyond. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2007.
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