Virginity is a value that is heavily weighed on strong family (#) morals. Many look at virginity as a sacred treasure to their religious (#) backgrounds and [beliefs (#). Priesthood and Nuns practice this way of life when taking their vows to become celibate. In society today virginity is not as adhered to as widely as it was in the days past.
*Virginity, a state of being a virgin (never having intercourse). A virgin (or maiden) is a young women characterized by absence of sexual experience, this value may be carried out among men also. A virgin may also be described as a non-initiated person; one who lacks the experience in a certain activity which is to be performed. The activities may include skydiving, skiing, or rock climbing. You may also refer to virginity in a non-personal reference such as, a virgin Margarita, which is a Margarita without alcohol. *
The act of losing one’s virginity, that is, of a first sexual experience, is commonly considered within Western culture to be an important life event and a rite of passage.
The loss of virginity can be viewed as a milestone to be proud of or as a failure to be ashamed of, depending on cultural perceptions. Historically, these perceptions were heavily influenced by perceived gender roles, such that for a male the association was more often with pride and for a female the association was more often with shame.
In Western marriage ceremonies, brides traditionally wear veils and white wedding dresses, which are believed by many people to be symbols of virginity. In fact, wearing white is a comparatively recent custom among western brides, who previously wore whatever colors they wished or simply their “best dress.” Wearing white became a matter first of trendy fashion and then of custom and tradition only over the course of the 19th century.1 The state of virginity often has special significance, usually as something to be respected or valued. This is especially true in societies where there are traditional or religious views associating sexual exclusiveness with marriage.
Attitudes regarding male virginity and female virginity have often diverged, however, usually placing greater emphasis on the latter, and even devaluing the former. In modern times it is not uncommon for either male or female virginity in adolescents and adults to be disparaged by peers, as a sign of immaturity. Female virginity is closely interwoven with personal or even family honor in many cultures, especially those known as shame societies, in which the loss of virginity before marriage is a matter of deep shame. Before the sexual revolution, the United States placed high value on virginity before marriage. Actually, there was a large amount of premarital sexual activity that does not involve vaginal penetration: for example, oral sex, anal sex, and mutual masturbation.2 This is considered by some people “technical” virginity, as vaginal intercourse has not occurred but the participants are sexually active.
Virginity is a value that should be instilled at a young age, possibly before puberty. Here is a background on the consequences of losing your virginity prematurely.
- First and foremost is the health issue of STD’s.
- Losing oneself and family respect.
- Losing the respect of your sexual counterpart.(ex: your male or female friend may lose respect for you).
- Lose of respect from peers.
- Unwanted pregnancy.
The importance of virginity should begin with family (#) discussions in the home at an early age. Following closely with your religious (#) background and practicing abstinence before marriage (#). Paying close attention to the advice from health (#) and sex education (#) classes in the school, will help strengthen (#) your ability to remain abstinent.
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