Sex Roles (2007) 57:933–935 DOI 10.1007/s11199-007-9294-1 BOOK REVIEW Ascribing Meaning to the First Time: Examining Metaphors of Virginity Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences. Laura M. Carpenter, New York, New York University Press, 2005, 304 pp. $20.00 (Paperback) ISBN-10: 0814716539 Dave P. Walker & Kathleen A. DeNardi & Terri L. Messman-Moore & Ava M. Rose Published online: 17 August 2007 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007 In her book Virginity Lost, Laura M. Carpenter examines the Christian belief that sexual behavior was inherently sinful meaning that individuals place on early sexual experiences, to the pre-Colonial sexual practices of the European elite. including but not limited to sexual intercourse. Carpenter Carpenter moves into a brief discussion of the Colonial begins with a discussion of the word virginity and the wide period and the dichotomy between white American sexual number of definitions that can be ascribed to this term, morality emphasizing abstinence until marriage and less noting that “virginity” can mean different things for sexually restrictive views of Native American and African individuals who do not describe themselves as heterosexual. cultures of the time. Her historical review begins in earnest, Regardless of the definitions participants gave to
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