I often get questions from women in South Asia or the Middle East concerning virginity “status” in relation to their culture. Here are a number of such questions and the answers to them.
What do you call it when someone asks the same question over and over again hoping to get a different answer? Pressure.
There has been little scientific research on the incidence of bleeding after first intercourse, and it doesn’t have any real medical relevance.
You do not lose your virginity from masturbation. Nor does a woman lose her virginity because she’s sexually excited, touches her own anatomy or talks about sex with others.
It may not escape some of the conservative currents that inform vampire stories, but True Blood does a good job of scrambling and subverting them.
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Virginity is a cultural idea, not a medical fact, and not a particularly useful one. And masturbation is A-OK.
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