When shown an example of normal, prepubertal, female genitalia, 41% of them incorrectly identified the hymen
, 39% incorrectly identified the labia majora, 24% incorrectly identified the labia minora, 22% incorrectly identified the urethra, and 11% incorrectly identified the clitoris (Am.
Fulbright also said that some girls might have their hymen
stretched from activities like bicycling or horseback riding.
Virgin Envy: The Cultural (in)Significance of the Hymen
. U of Regina P, 2016.
Virginity has a very special status in the conservative societies of several countries in Africa and Asia and goes well beyond the presence of a hymen
to encompass the honour of the woman, her family and her community.
While their Web site listed being a virgin as a requirement to be accepted, Sompie said being discovered through the test that an applicant's hymen
is torn does not necessarily mean she is automatically disqualified.
I broaden the scope of my investigation to include texts on fake hymens
reconstruction surgeries, honour crimes, and virginity tests.
Summary: No, there is no test that can determine when your hymen
broke; yes, cracking your fingers regularly can lead to joint damage; no medicine actually cures the flu; and yes, you can have a drink or two on antibiotics.
[Surgical reconstruction of hymens
.] (in Norwegian) Tidsskrift for Den norske Laegeforening 2002; 122(18):1820.
"Instead of imposing penalties on importers of artificial hymens
, we should declare it is religiously illicit to import it, sell it or distribute it," Ashour, who is also the former al-Azhar deputy chairman, told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat.
This bio-medical marriage of skin and art - featuring an artist with a prosthetic ear grafted onto his forearm, and decorative hymens
- has no difficulty being labelled controversial.
Young women are having their hymens
sewn back into place in order that on their wedding night their husband can see blood.
This is especially true of virginal patients with intact hymens
at any age.