Virginity is a pretty controversial topic. With its associations with purity and innocence, a woman’s virginity or lack thereof can easily be conflated with her worth even though it obviously shouldn’t be. And yes, I purposefully specified women because, let’s be real, our society largely cares very little about the purity an innocence of men.
Even for those of us who are critical of how virginity is handled by our society, religious groups, or our friends and family, it is hard not to view virginity or the loss of it with some level of importance.
But how is virginity defined? Is it all about penetration? If so, where does that leave lesbian partners? Is virginity even important? And how do you know if you’re ready to have sex for the first time? Here’s what 10 of you, our awesome readers, had to say about virginity. Check it out and see if your comment was included!
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So do you think virginity is important? Do you think that it is too hetero? In what ways do you think that virginity differs between guys and girls? Tell us in the comments!