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Virgin Envy: The Cultural Insignificance of the Hymen (Hardback)
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Virgin Envy: The Cultural Insignificance of the Hymen (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 15/11/2016
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Virginity is of concern here, that is its utter messiness. At once valuable and detrimental, normative and deviant, undesirable and enviable. Virginity and its loss hold tremendous cultural significance. For many, female virginity is still a universally accepted condition, something that is somehow bound to the hymen, whereas male virginity is almost as elusive as the G-spot: we know it's there, it's just we have a harder time finding it. Of course boys are virgins, queers are virgins, some people reclaim their virginities, and others reject virginity from the get go. So what if we agree to forget the hymen all together? Might we start to see the instability of terms like untouched, pure, or innocent? Might we question the act of sex, the very notion of relational sexuality? After all, for many people it is the sexual acts they don't do, or don't want to do, that carry the most abundant emotional clout. Virgin Envy is a collection of essays that look past the vestal virgins and beyond Joan of Arc. From medieval to present-day literature, the output of HBO, Bollywood, and the films of Abdellah Taia or Derek Jarman to the virginity testing of politically active women in Tahrir Square, the writers here explore the concept of virginity in today's world to show that ultimately virginity is a site around which our most basic beliefs about sexuality are confronted, and from which we can come to understand some of our most basic anxieties, paranoias, fears, and desires.

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786990365
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 222 x 140 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`Ambitious, wide-ranging, and eclectic.'
Corrinne Harol, author of Enlightened Virginity in Eighteenth-Century Literature

`Smart and au courant ... Virgin Envy provides a welcome addition to the new subfield of virginity studies with an intrepid array of old and new, Western and non-Western, virgins and virginities.'
Hanne Blank, author of Virgin: The Untouched History

'Peers into the messy, tangled world of virginity via examinations of Twilight, True Blood, Tahrir Square activism, and Bollywood.'
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