The virginity fraud | Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl | Summary and Q&A

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The virginity fraud | Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl

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Nina Dølvik Brochmann and Ellen Støkken Dahl debunk the myths about the hymen, shedding light on its true nature and the harmful consequences of using it to control women's sexuality.

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Q: What are the two myths about the hymen?

The two myths about the hymen are that virgins bleed the first time they have vaginal sex and that the hymen disappears or is radically altered during a woman's first intercourse.

Q: How have these myths been used to control women's sexuality?

These myths have been used as a powerful tool in the effort to control women's sexuality in various cultures, religions, and historical periods. Women who do not bleed on their wedding night may be mistrusted, shamed, harmed, or even subjected to honor killings. Some women are forced to undergo degrading virginity checks to obtain a job, save their reputation, or get married.

Q: How can the hymen vary in appearance?

The hymen can vary in appearance and may have a doughnut or half-moon shape with a large central hole. However, it can also have fringes, several holes, or consist of lobes. This natural variation makes it challenging to determine a woman's virginity status through a physical examination.

Q: Can the hymen serve as proof of virginity?

No, the hymen cannot serve as proof of virginity. The hymen does not have to break during vaginal sex, and even if it tears, it does not disappear. It may look slightly different from before, but the presence or absence of a hymen cannot determine a woman's virginity status. The idea of using the hymen as proof of virginity is based on myths and is not scientifically accurate.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The popular belief in the hymen as proof of virginity is based on two anatomical myths: that virgins bleed and that hymens are lost forever.

  • These myths have cultural significance and are used to control women's sexuality, leading to harm and discrimination.

  • The hymen is not a seal that breaks or disappears after sex, and it varies in appearance, making it impossible to use as a reliable indicator of virginity. The best way to determine if a woman is a virgin is to ask her, respecting her autonomy and choice.

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