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Virgin by Hanne Blank
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Aug 16, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: anyone who does or doesn't plan on ever having sex.
Read in August, 2007

Hanne Blank wanted to subtitle this book, everything you thought you knew about virginity was wrong, and for good reason. She sheds light on many areas of this subject that have been left up to hearsay folklore, and assumption for centuries.

Her writing is witty, thorough and incredibly compelling. The first section is a chronological breakdown of how virginity has been talked about in medical terms over the centuries in the west, going as far back as Aristotle. The second section goes into a similar chronological breakdown looking at how virginity has been discussed and named culturally, and how it has evolved to carry different meaning over the years.

I can think of very few who wouldn't benefit from reading this book. If you're sexually active or ever thought about being sexually active then there's useful stuff. If you have kids or work with kids and are confronted by their budding sexuality it's useful. I hope this book finds it's way into women's studies, gender studies, and human sexuality studies syllabi across the country.

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