Virgin by Hanne Blank
The Untouched History

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Hanne Blank's revolutionary, rich, and entertaining survey of an astonishing untouched history reveals why humans have been fixated on an indefinable state of being since the dawn of time. As the butt of innumerable jokes, center of spiritual mysteries, locus of teenage angst, popular genre for pornography, and nucleus around which the world's most powerful government has created an unprecedented abstinence policy, Virgin also shows how utterly important to contemporary times the topic is.

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Writer and historian Hanne Blank is the author of Virgin:The Untouched History and seven other books that explore the intersections of sexuality, gender, the body, and culture.
Published December 10, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 306 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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But the idea of virginity, Blank argues, remains important, whether among teenagers who sign the “commitment cards” distributed by the True Love Waits ministry or among those who redefine losing their virginity as the first time they “really understood” what sex was all about.

Mar 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Virgin: The Untouched History

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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 fac...

Mar 16 2007 | Read Full Review of Virgin: The Untouched History

Think of the word "virgin," and what probably comes to mind is the image of Steve Carrell, in his baby-blue striped shirt and his goofy grin, as pictured on the movie poster of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Apr 04 2007 | Read Full Review of Virgin: The Untouched History

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