Chloe Angyal, one of Monday’s speakers, blogged about looking forward to hearing fellow Rethinking Virginity panelists, Sady Doyle (Tiger Beatdown, Feministe.us) and Professor Marie Griffith (Harvard Divinity School).
Amanda Hess, who pens the column “The Sexist” for The Washington City Paper, had a hilarious chat with Doyle about some of the ways in which valuing virginity delegitimizes the wide spectrum of sexualities and sexual expression . Doyle notes:
“Sex is being defined as this very heterosexual experience of having a Penile Apparatus stuck into our Vaginal Apparatus in an Act That Could Potentially Produce Offspring (if you don’t make his weiner wear an outfit, or whatever). Like, OK: There are a lot of things that are pretty darn sexual, which this description of Sex does not cover!”
On The American Prospect’s TAPPED blog, Silvana Naguib writes about the rising popularity of hymen restoration surgery among Arab women. But while it may be easy for Westerners to decry supposedly backward sexual norms, Naguib notes that Americans, too, possess a “bizarre virginity obsession”. She says, “By continuing to prize virginity, Americans support a violent narrative about young women and sex, increasing the value of their sexual purity only to gain power by depriving them of it.” about how