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Eryemil Donating Member (958 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-06-09 11:37 AM
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31. You're joking, right?
I don't necessarily mean to sound condescending but bloody dead-Jew-on-a-stick mate.
Firstly, look at the etymology of the word itself.

c.1200, "unmarried or chaste woman noted for religious piety and having a position of reverence in the Church," from O.Fr. virgine, from L. virginem (nom. virgo) "maiden, unwedded girl or woman," also an adj., "fresh, unused," probably related to virga "young shoot." For sense evolution, cf. Gk. talis "a marriageable girl," cognate with L. talea "rod, stick, bar." Meaning "young woman in a state of inviolate chastity" is recorded from c.1310. Also applied since c.1330 to a chaste man. Meaning "naive or inexperienced person" is attested from 1953. The adj. is recorded from 1560 in the lit. sense; fig. sense of "pure, untainted" is attested from c.1300. Virginity is attested from c.1303, from O.Fr. virginite, from L. virginitatem (nom. virginitas), from virgo.

The -word- virgin is of Roman origin and has many Christian connotations but the concept is far, far older.
It is only in modern times that the concept of 'male virginity' has even developed. The word itself hints to this. Do you think that in ancient times these desert savages cared at all whether the males they were practically selling their unspoiled daughters to had had sex?

Have you thought about WHY we have such a hard time settling on an actual definition of virginity today? It's because of all the added variables. Egalitarianism, the rise of visible sexual orientation and the broadening of our sexual horizons in general.
Once upon a time a virgin was a woman with an unperforated hymen. As I said, just like the concept of adultery it was more or less designed with the simple aim of making sure that a husband's wife actually gave birth to his sons.
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