Ambiguity Of Human Sexuality Essay

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Virginity is the state of never having had sexual intercourse. And sexual intercourse, by definition, is the sexual contact between a man and a woman, especially the insertion of a man’s erect penis into a woman’s vagina, typically culminating in orgasm and the ejaculation of semen. However, in recent years, that definition has become quite open to interpretation. In the past, sexual intercourse has most commonly occurred between a man and a woman. So when someone lost their virginity it was with a person of the opposite sex. Nowadays, people are having sex regardless of the other person’s gender. Society is more open about their sexuality. It is not uncommon for sex to occur between a male and a female, two males, or two females. In the article, “The Ambiguity of "Having Sex": The Subjective Experience of Virginity Loss in the United States” by Laura M. Carpenter, they speak of the definition of virginity loss varying by sexual orientation. Meghan (The Ambiguity of “Having Sex”) states, “I guess virginity has to be defined within each type of relationship like woman-woman, man-man, heterosexual…” I think people get confused about sex between two women since neither…show more content…
While some just believe that penis-vagina intercourse is sex, others recognize oral, anal or coitus sex as loss of virginity according to Carpenter’s research. Everyone has their own opinion on who is and who is not a virgin. There were varying opinions on the loss of virginity between homosexual and heterosexual partners. According to Carpenter’s research, “Four fifths of respondents (49) believed that both men and women could lose their virginity with a same-sex partner. Another l0% believed that men could lose their virginity with same-sex partners, but that women could not. Only 4 respondents argued that virginity loss could take place only through coitus.” Most agreed that is was possible for same-sex partners to lose their
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