The ritual passing of the candle, which celebrated the engagement of one of my sisters, made it clear that in biblical womanhood, the role of wife and mother was her highest calling and achievement. When I first joined, it felt like a good fit. At age 19, I had never had a boyfriend.
The book contains research by Valenti that she says shows that there is a prevalent false notion promoted within the United States that a woman's worth is dictated by whether or not she is sexually active, implying that the loss of virginity can affect her negatively. In the book, Valenti discusses various different elements of society that promote chastity and discourage pre-marital sexual activity in women and teenage girls. She states that many sex education programs in the United States will only promote abstinence-only education, which she feels gives an unhealthy attitude towards sex and women.
In Chapter Five of my bookI discuss the misunderstanding often attached to the concept of virginity and our wedding night. For those who have not purchased my book yet Really, what are you waiting for?! But even before I get to the misunderstandings in my book, I start out the particular sub-chapter stressing this:.
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. It is simply a new experience.
She traveled around the country interviewing young people, sex educators, authors, porn producers and women who consider themselves virgins as well as those who do not. Scroll down to see a clip from the film. What inspired you to make a film about virginity?
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? From the bestselling author of Sex Objecta searing investigation into American culture's obsession with virginity, and the argument for creating a future where women and girls are valued for more than sexuality The United States is obsessed with virginity--from the media to schools to government agencies.
Jessica Valenti's newest book, The Purity Mythwas released last month. Unfortunately, it took us until this week to get around to giving it the attention it deserves. In the new release, Valenti, the founder of Feministing. It's a big topic, encompassing not only the aforementioned issues, but abortion rights, sexual assault, and raunch culture, so I felt a straight book review might not suffice.
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.
In fact, the only thing I did learn when it came to the subject was not to have it until marriage. Single women and men wore their virginity like a gold star. And if you lost it, your gold star turned into a scarlet letter. To hold out until the big wedding night seemed to be the final stamp of being a good Christian.