Washington Post: Virginity Should Be Tossed Out

May 15, 2010

(World Magazine) —  Marcia Segelstein writes in World Magazine:

The Washington Post recently put together a list of “Twelve Things the World Should Toss Out.” Compiled by various contributors to the newspaper, it was intended as a kind of clever discussion of spring-cleaning on a global scale.

Among the suggestions for the scrap heap of history were tactical nukes, the Congressional Budget Office, exit polls, and virginity. Yes, virginity.

Washington Post blogger Jessica Valenti, who is also author of The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women, cited a few reasons for her suggestion.

“It’s fine to have some way of demarcating sexual initiation,” she wrote, “but old-school definitions of purity aren’t it; they’re more about inflicting shame than celebrating rites of passage. It’s time we talked about sex as something healthy and natural.”

Healthy? Segelstein takes issue with the Washington Post article:

Of course, it’s hard to talk about sex as healthy  when one-in-four teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Or when another young person is infected with genital bacteria or a virus every 3.5 seconds, as Dr. Miriam Grossman notes in her book about sex ed, You’re Teaching My Child What?

Read the full article at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/opinions/outlook/spring-cleaning/virginity.html

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