• by Hanne Blank
  • Narrated by Fran Tunno
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Why has an indefinable state of being commanded the attention and fascination of the human race since the dawn of time? In Virgin, Hanne Blank brings us a revolutionary, rich and entertaining survey of an astonishing untouched history.
From the simple task of determining what constitutes its loss to why it matters to us in the first place, Blank gets to the heart of why we even care about it in the first place. She tackles the reality of what we do and don't know about virginity and provides a sweeping tour of virgins in history - from virgin martyrs to Queen Elizabeth to billboards in downtown Baltimore telling young women it's not a "dirty word." Virgin proves, as well, how utterly contemporary the topic is - 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. In this fascinating work, Hanne Blank shows for the first time why this is, and why everything we think we know about virginity is wrong.


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seminal text on Virginity as social construct

Hanne Blank's Virginity is an authoritative, illuminating, always fascinating exploration of a much misunderstood idea that, sadly, remains a silly but deadly serious preoccupation in far too much of the world. Highly recommended.
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- Jennifer Dawson

You Think You Know about Virginity?

From the “discovery” of the Hymen in ancient times to abstinence-only education in schools and purity balls today, Blank writes about the history of our preoccupation with "virginity." In her analysis, we can see the social construction of virginity, the sexism implicit in it, and the malleable definition of virginity over time.

Everything you think you know about virginity is up for debate. Blank writes with a great deal of humor and perception: "Of all the countries of the developed world, the United States is the only one that has to date created a federal agenda having specifically to do with the virginity of its citizens."

This book takes our assumptions, and turns them on their heads.
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- Susie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-12-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios