How do you define sex and virginity?

While checking out a recent blog at Gloria Feldt’s website , I came across a short entry about a new film by Theresa Shechter on the subject of virginity called How to Lose Your Virginity.

From what I can glean from the preview, it looks like it will be a very interesting film. Even though on the surface one might think defining both sex and virginity seems like it would be fairly simple, it’s actually a confusing concept for most youths. What actually counts as a sexual act? Many of us would likely count anything from heavy petting onward, but others may say it only counts if there is penetration involved.

To me, it seems odd that an act in which most all humans participate is mainly left to be defined by the individual. Is there any wonder, then, that with so many conflicting definitions of what sex actually is, we end up divided along so many fronts? When one adds the concept of virginity into the equation, along with the value many groups place on the concept within our society, we end up with a breeding ground for controversy…no pun intended.

I’ll definitely be keeping a lookout for this film, and hope to be able to post a full review about it once I’ve had a chance to watch it.


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