Virgin: The Untouched History

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Mar 4, 2008 - History - 304 pages
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"A well-researched history of virginity...In an era marked by a chaotic maelstrom of virginities,' Blank's book is a useful...antidote to our confusion." New York Times Book Review

Hanne Blank's revolutionary, rich, and entertaining survey of an astonishing untouched history reveals why humans have been fixated on an indefinable state of being since the dawn of time. As the butt of innumerable jokes, center of spiritual mysteries, locus of teenage angst, popular genre for pornography, and nucleus around which the world's most powerful government has created an unprecedented abstinence policy, Virgin also shows how utterly important to contemporary times the topic is.

 

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating look at virginity, both the medical/scientific aspects and the cultural/social issues surrounding it. I especially enjoyed the science/medical portion of the book as much of this ... Read full review

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User Review  - DieFledermaus - LibraryThing

Blank notes in her intro that a study of virginity requires information from a variety of disciplines and that there are large knowledge gaps in what we know about virgins and virginity. She describes ... Read full review

Contents

Virgin Culture
117
The Once and Future Virgin
250
Selected Bibliography
259
Acknowledgments 175
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Hanne Blank is a writer, historian, and public speaker whose work has been featured everywhere from OUT to Penthouse. An independent scholar, she has served in faculty positions at several colleges and universities, most recently as the 2004 2005 scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Maryland.

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