This qualitative article examines views of students at the University of Ghana on the topic of virginity with specific focus on its gendered meaning and relative significance in modern times. One-on-one interviews were conducted with 30 purposively selected research participants with the aid of an interview guide. Through thematic analysis, the results indicated that the majority of the respondents believed that virginity has been stereotyped on women due to the patriarchal cultural systems and the significance of the hymen. It was also found that the participants constructed their perspectives on virginity based on religious obligations, repercussions of sex and sexual health.
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The social construction of virginity has been surrounded by the idea that it is something people have and lose. It is surrounded by the pressure of transformative change and stigmas that frame it as a loss of innocence and corruption of morals. You are not losing anything when having sex for the first time but rather gaining a new experience. Still, we continue to attach guilt and shame to the experience because we have been dragged into the purity myth without even knowing it.
Virginity testing: a systematic review
Look, I never expected to be getting sex education from celebrities, but I must credit them for recently reigniting conversations about virginity. Miley Cyrus has received equal criticism and praise for her statement "virginity is a social construct", while rapper T. I remember feeling like my virginity was something important that should be saved for the "right guy". I guess that's why I timed it impeccably to be "lost" on Valentine's Day. But whether virginity means nothing to you or is a really big deal — I've recently learnt it can be a pretty harmful concept.
Reproductive Health volume 14 , Article number: 61 Cite this article. Metrics details. So-called virginity testing, also referred to as hymen, two-finger, or per vaginal examination, is the inspection of the female genitalia to assess if the examinee has had or has been habituated to sexual intercourse. This paper is the first systematic review of available evidence on the medical utility of virginity testing by hymen examination and its potential impacts on the examinee.