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Virgin (Book - Hanne Blank)

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Hanne Blank
publisher:
Bloomsbury
genre:
History, Women's Studies, Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

In Virgin, her lively book on virginity, Hanne Blank writes with forthright gusto, ”Short of catching someone in the act of sex, virginity can be neither proven nor disproven.” She has a juicy time cataloging cultural associations, historical trends (the rise of Protestantism changed the face of virginity in Europe), and physiological factoids (did you know female llamas, manatees, and rats all have hymens?). With a cheery, erudite, feminist eye, Blank argues that ”today, ‘virgin’ tends to mean female unless stated otherwise.” The punny section heads (”Cut to the Chaste,” ”A Recycled Box”) are groaners. But who could resist ”To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before”?

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