Although several researchers have examined how young people conceptualize virginity, they have often defined a loss of virginity
in a way that assumes its equivalency with first sexual intercourse (e.
Despite an increasing willingness to see abuse of women as violent acts rather than as representing violations of honour and the loss of virginity
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Posthumus's knowledge of an unusual mark on Imogen's breast, while not confirming her loss of virginity
, shows some degree of physical intimacy between them; and the need to emphasize the rarity of that knowledge may somehow explain, given the decolletage of some Elizabethan gowns, Iachimo's--that is, Shakespeare's--repositioning of the mole "[o]n her left breast," which he says when he sees it, to "under her breast," which he tells Posthumus.
Perhaps less well known is the islanders' predilection for tattooing, in which pattern and motif revealed rank, status and other information--a 'dance-paddle' tattoo indicating loss of virginity
When their loss of virginity
is discovered during testing, they become stigmatized while the perpetrators often go unpunished.
Lowe said her work over the last 12 years with sexually abused people made her realise the damage and emotional pain the myth of the broken hymen, meaning a loss of virginity
, could cause.
The pope is essentially telling women that they must die rather than submit to sexual assault and is framing the central issue of sexual assault as a loss of virginity
rather than as a crime of violence against women.
Without being programmatic, the stories show women in various situations and at various stages of life: adolescent adventure, loss of virginity
, prostitution, abortion, lesbianism, and extramarital affairs.