“Virginity Is A Huge Lie”

The Huffington Post has a great interview with Jessica Valenti, founder of Feministing, about the rise of the “virginity cult” in the US, specifically among Evangelical Christians, and how it is symptomatic of a larger push towards removing women’s rights.


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Oh, I definitely think that virginity is a myth. I think that virginity is a huge lie. Having your first sexual encounter certainly is important, and I don’t mean to demean anyone’s understanding of their sexuality or how they want to think of themselves in that way. And I think that can be a really powerful experience and a wonderful first thing. But, as a concept it’s more dangerous than not, because it puts us into these virgin or not virgin categories, which doesn’t really give us a very nuanced perspective or understanding of sexuality.

Well worth reading.