Cultural notions of virginity have long shaped sexual attitudes and practices for young women on the verge of exploring sex. Young women in particular are burdened with conflicting pressures about virginity. Also troubling is the messaging about who can attain such purity. The girls most often presented by the abstinence-only movement as examples to idolize are white, are straight, and fit a narrow beauty ideal. A young college student says:. You have the right to say no to someone who is pushing you to have sex, and the right to say yes to sex that is pleasurable and responsible:.
The concept of virginity from the perspective of Iranian adolescents: a qualitative study
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Metrics details. Premarital sex can increase the risk of sexually transmitted diseases STDs in adolescents, and lack of premarital sex can be considered as a reliable policy for STD prevention, which is used by some countries such as Iran. Since the success of this policy is related to the concept of virginity, the present study was conducted to determine the concept of virginity from the perspective of Iranian adolescents. In this qualitative study with phenomenological approach, the research team visited public places, including parks and coffee shops, and interviewed a number of 15—year-old adolescents. The data were collected using in-depth interviews with semi-structured questions and analysed using thematic analysis method. Several themes, including virginity as the lack of emotional relationship with the opposite sex, lack of physical contact, nonpenetrative relationship, virginity as a myth, virginity as a commitment, having an intact hymen, and not knowing the meaning of virginity, were extracted from the data.
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Lauren Rosewarne does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. In , way back when Charles married Di in that big hoopla ceremony with the meringue dress and the Dame Kiri numbers, a less remembered, less valorised, element was the virginity thing. Indeed: the mind boggles.
Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Young people's attitudes toward marriage have been undergone changes in recent years and it seems to be contradicting in the struggle between conservative and modern liberal attitudes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the attitude of new grooms toward intact hymen in Kerman.