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    Jessica Valenti
    “The desirable virgin is sexy but not sexual. She's young, white, and skinny. She's a cheerleader, a babysitter; she's accessible and eager to please (remember those ethics of passivity!). She's never a woman of color. SHe's never a low-income girl or a fat girl. She's never disabled. "Virgin" is a designation for those who meet a certain standard of what women, especially young women, are supposed to look like. As for how these young women are supposed to act? A blank slate is best.”
    Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

  • #2
    Voltaire
    “It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.”
    Voltaire

  • #3
    Jessica Valenti
    “For women especially, virginity has become the easy answer- the morality quick fix. You can be vapid, stupid, and unethical, but so long as you've never had sex, you're a "good" (i.e. "moral) girl and therefore worthy of praise.”
    Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

  • #4
    John Wilmot
    “Now piercèd is her virgin zone;
    She feels the foe within it.
    She hears a broken amorous groan,
    The panting lover's fainting moan,
    Just in the happy minute.”
    John Wilmot, The Complete Poems

  • #5
    Jess C. Scott
    “Adrian had always found it amusing that a guy could be drilling Stacia up her ass while she considered herself to be a virgin. Her intent had been to present herself as such when she found "Mr. Right.”
    Jess C. Scott, Master & Servant

  • #6
    Jessica Valenti
    “As Feministing.com commenter electron-Blue noted in response to the 2008 New York Times Magazine article “Students of Virginity,” on abstinence clubs at Ivy League colleges, “There were a WHOLE LOTTA us not having sex at Harvard . . . but none of us thought that that was special enough to start a club about it, for pete’s sake.”
    Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

  • #7
    Augustine of Hippo
    “Da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo (Give me chastity and continence, but not just yet)!”
    Augustine of Hippo, Confessions



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