Virginity Unmasked: The Many Meanings of Virginity

Virginity Unmasked: The Many Meanings of Virginity Sex Roles (2015) 73:83–85 DOI 10.1007/s11199-015-0496-7 MEDIA REVIEW How to Lose Your Virginity. Directed by Therese Shechter, New York, Women Make Movies (WMM), 2013. 66 min. $295.00 (University price). Donna Castañeda Published online: 25 June 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015 When virginity is discussed in the U.S. it is typically engages in all sexual activities except vaginal sexual in- couched in the extremes of contemporary sexual rhetoric tercourse (Uecker et al. 2008); virginity pledges and pu- and representations, i.e., the hyper-sexualized media envi- rity balls, where young girls pledge to their parents and to ronment on the one hand, and the abstinence-until- Godtoremainabstinentuntil marriage(Landor and marriage perspective on sexuality on the other (Mebane Simons 2014); requests, as in European countries, for hy- et al. 2006). Into this binary Therese Shechter’sfilm, How men reconstruction surgery or virginity certificates from to Lose Your Virginity, provides a down-to-earth reality physicians (Christianson and Eriksson 2015); and honor check on the virginity concept and adds much needed killings that occur not just in the Middle East, but in breathing space to explore the contradictions, myths, and European and North American countries as well (Chesler traditional and non-traditional approaches to virginity 2010). Sex Roles Springer Journals

Virginity Unmasked: The Many Meanings of Virginity

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