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When Did Virginity Go From Coveted Trait to Social Curse?

When Did Virginity Go From Coveted Trait to Social Curse?

It wasn’t too long ago that single American women who lost their virginity were considered unfit for marriage. Today, however, female virginity seems to have lost its coveted status. According to a new set of studies published in the Journal of Sex Research, led by Dr. Amanda Gesselman of the Kinsey Institute, not only is female virginity no longer an asset, but it is now viewed as a major liability. In one study, Gesselman and her colleagues analyzed the responses of 5,000 heterosexual American adults who were asked whether they’d be willing to have a committed relationship with a virgin. Respondents weren’t very enthusiastic about the idea at all and, in fact, most said the odds of them doing it were very low. Men were less open to the idea of dating a virgin than women, which suggests female virginity is more stigmatized than male virginity. Even virgins were less willing to date other virgins. In another study, researchers asked 560 heterosexual adults about their own…

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