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Hysterical, prurient media salivatings aside, I seriously doubt that 'teens today' are any more or less chaste than they have been for thousands of years now. We are just fortunate enough to live in a culture that takes a deep, abiding interest in everybody's sex life.
I didn't particularly 'cherish' my virginity. I think the whole concept is primarily religious, which I am not, and deeply creepy. The idea of a girl's virginity being 'sacred' dates back a *long* time, long before Christianity, and is tied up with the concept of the girl as eventual producer of heirs and property of her husband. You'll notice that nobody freaks out nearly as much when boys have sex, but us girls are supposed to be pristine vessels? Things really haven't changed.
I greatly respect anyone who chooses to reman celibate, by the way; I just think that the idea of virginity as talisman is arbitrary and dogmatic.
, Austin, TX, United States , 26 , Female , Atheist , White/Caucasian , Straight , Housewife , 2 Years of College , Middle class
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