Posts Tagged virginity

Film: How to Lose Your Virginity

I have a little sister and, like any good feminist, I spend a lot of time making sure that she knows that her worth extends beyond her beauty, her body, and her sexuality. As she is still a teenager, a big topic in her life and that of her peers lately has been virginity. Personally, I don’t think that my sexuality or “virginity” is an object to lose, or give away, and I don’t want her to think that either. That’s why I was so excited to watch How to Lose Your Virginity with her.

In this documentary, filmmaker Therese Shechter uses her own path out of virginity to explore why our sex-crazed society cherishes this so-called precious gift. Along the way, ...

I have a little sister and, like any good feminist, I spend a lot of time making sure that she knows that her worth extends beyond her beauty, her body, and her sexuality. As she is still a ...

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Why is the Obama administration endorsing a virginity pledge-based abstinence-only program?

Recently, the Obama administration quietly updated its list of “evidence-based programs” that “met the effectiveness criteria” for preventing teenage pregnancy and are therefore endorsed by the Department of Health and Human Services. This list includes the Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education program. Which is weird because, like basically all abstinence-only programs ever, it doesn’t work.

According to RH Reality Check, a 2007 study found that the program “had little or no impact on sexual abstinence or activity.” But that makes it sound like Heritage is just ineffective but harmless. In fact, while it “contains little or no information about puberty, anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, or sexual behavior,” it does teach kids some stuff. Here’s a sample:

“Males and females are aroused ...

Recently, the Obama administration quietly updated its list of “evidence-based programs” that “met the effectiveness criteria” for preventing teenage pregnancy and are therefore endorsed by the Department of Health and Human Services. This list includes the ...

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Cherry Bomb: Exploding The Virgin Voyage

A guest post from  Neelanjana Banerjee, Cherry Bomb Co-Editor and Laura Goode, Farah Goes Bang co-writer and producer, Cherry Bomb Co-Editor

Conservative obsession with female virginity, along with the persistence of abstinence-only sex education, has created a climate of inauthenticity around the experience of sexual initiation. We have so many euphemisms for the experience–popping the cherry, swiping the V-card, losing your religion, voting your hymen off the island–and very little actual candor about it. As a culture, we talk about a lot of issues that relate back to sex: pregnancy, abortion, birth control. Yet we rarely talk about the sex itself: how it’s done, how we figure out how it’s done, how it will make us feel during and after ...

A guest post from  Neelanjana Banerjee, Cherry Bomb Co-Editor and Laura Goode, Farah Goes Bang co-writer and producer, Cherry Bomb Co-Editor

Conservative obsession with female virginity, along with the persistence of abstinence-only sex education, has created a ...

TLC’s Virgin Diaries comes to the US

TLC is debuting a new reality TV show that showcases the lives of 30-something virgins.

Alternative tagline: Adult virgins kiss on wedding day; looks like bird feeding.

Fetishization of the myth of virginity is an ongoing theme in conservative politics. (Check out Jessica Valenti’s book on the topic). It’s frustrating and harmful when reality TV continually echos some of the most disasterous cliches about women and sexuality.

But, reality TV now goes a step further from fabricating problematic story lines. Reality TV today showcases “freaks,” wherein characters are picked based on how outlandish their stories are and how much we will be shocked by their lives. So technically they want us to laugh at their stories, in all their ...

TLC is debuting a new reality TV show that showcases the lives of 30-something virgins.

Alternative tagline: Adult virgins kiss on wedding day; looks like bird feeding.

Fetishization of the myth of virginity is an ongoing ...

“I’m not a virgin, because virginity isn’t even real”

The title of Internet Crush of the Week for several Feministing crew members (no names, but they rhyme with Shmos and Shmoe) goes to this guy, who has taken a Madonna classic and turned it into pure gender theory geek gold, with a heavy dose of awesome, plus a sexy little wink at the beginning:

Lyrics – which are hilarious – below the jump.

The title of Internet Crush of the Week for several Feministing crew members (no names, but they rhyme with Shmos and Shmoe) goes to this guy, who has taken a Madonna classic and turned it into pure ...

“I’m not a virgin, because virginity isn’t even real”

The title of Internet Crush of the Week for several Feministing crew members (no names, but they rhyme with Shmos and Shmoe) goes to this guy, who has taken a Madonna classic and turned it into pure gender theory geek gold, with a heavy dose of awesome, plus a sexy little wink at the beginning:

Lyrics – which are hilarious – below the jump.

The title of Internet Crush of the Week for several Feministing crew members (no names, but they rhyme with Shmos and Shmoe) goes to this guy, who has taken a Madonna classic and turned it into pure ...

Daddy I Do: Documentary on Purity Balls and Abstinence-Only Culture

Via Jessica, it looks like there is a newish documentary on Purity Balls and abstinence-only programs — and lawdy, does it look compelling. It’s been screened thus far at a number of film festivals, winning a ton of awards. Let’s hope it really exposes the dangerous and shaming consequences that abstinence-only programs and purity-pushing has on young people — particularly girls.

Approximate transcript below the jump.

Related:
The Chastity Industrial Complex
There’s nothing rebellious about “purity”
NYT Takes on Purity Balls
The Purity Myth

Via Jessica, it looks like there is a newish documentary on Purity Balls and abstinence-only programs — and lawdy, does it look compelling. It’s been screened thus far at a number of film festivals,

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