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Virginity

See also Chastity, Purity.
Agnes, St.
patron saint of virgins. [Christian Hagiog.: Brewer Dictionary, 16]
Atala
Indian maiden learns too late she can be released from her vow to remain a virgin. [Fr. Lit.: Atala]
Athena
goddess who had no love affairs and never married, called Parthenos, ‘the Virgin.’ [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 60]
Cecilia, St.
consecrated self to God, bridegroom followed suit. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 81–82]
Chrysanthus and Daria, Sts.
sexless marriage for glory of God. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 86]
Drake, Temple
chastity makes her the object of attacks. [Am. Lit.: Sanctuary]
garden, enclosed
wherein grow the red roses of chastity. [Christian Symbolism: De Virginibus, Appleton, 41]
Josyan
steadfastly retains virginity for future husband. [Br. Lit.: Bevis of Hampton]
Lygia
foreign princess remains chaste despite Roman orgies. [Polish Lit.: Quo Vadis, Magill I, 797–799]
lily
symbol of Blessed Virgin; by extension, chastity. [Christian Symbolism: Appleton, 57–58]
ostrich egg
symbolic of virgin birth. [Art: Hall, 110]
red and white roses, garland of
emblem of virginity, esp. of the Virgin Mary. [Christian Iconog.: Jobes, 374]
Vestals
six pure girls; tended fire sacred to Vesta. [Rom. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1127]
Virgin Mary, Blessed
mother of Jesus. [Christianity: NCE, 1709]
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Last year, some youngsters in Pune had formed a WhatsApp group, 'Stop the V Ritual' to spread awareness against the derogatory practice of determining the virginity of brides.Ee (ANI)
Emphasis on womens virginity is a form of gender discrimination
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In reaction, US Association of Consecrated Virgins said it was "shocking" to hear physical virginity is no longer a necessity to a life of consecration.
He said'it is a celebration of virginity which depicts the customs of the people and dignity for womanhood, because of the purity of the goddess itself and anybody who has lost her virginity cannot move near the brook.'
The collection complicates the question of what it means to be a "success" in the context of one's virginity, and whether or not the so-called loss is in fact a victory.
Women who spoke about going through virginity tests said members of the community lied to outsiders about the existence of the ritual.
She said: "I think selling my virginity would afford me a lot of opportunities that I otherwise wouldn't get and to be able to keep that security and sustainable balance in my life where I'm able to travel overseas.
I think the trend to sell your virginity is a form of emancipation and I am shocked about people who are against allowing a woman to sell her virginity."
Some actual stories of victims raise doubts about the veracity of the supposed virginity tests.
"Why should I lose my virginity to someone who could then break my heart later?"
The hopeful scholar added that that selling her virginity was her own choice, and described herself as an 'independent woman' in her auction profile.