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Virginity Is A Social Construct In Our Society

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Women are constantly being judged for something that doesn’t physically exist, but is a social construct created by our society: virginity. Virginity has been important to individuals for a long time, and men have always defined its values to women. The purity myth is the idea that being chaste is more than just abstaining from sex, but rather portraying womanhood as being passive and pure. The Madonna/Whore binary is derived from Freud’s psychoanalytic theory that turns men’s sexual desires into an object that can be controlled. (Prizing virginity has become a way of regulating and policing woman’s bodies). This is related, yet contradictory to the purity myth. In today’s society we value and admire individuals that pledge to remain chaste,
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