Virgin Envy: The Cultural (In)significance of the Hymen
Virgin Envy sets out to re-conceive the ways that we describe and relate to virginity as a cultural construct. Examining everything from medieval romance to Bollywood to Twilight and True Blood, the contributors to this volume destabilize many of the “certainties” about this problematic idea. In particular, the hymen – generally understood of as the sign of virginity – is called into question. What happens to those who do not have a hymen? How do we account for the medicalization of virginity via the hymen and the ways in which the “geography of the hymen” has changed over the course of history? Contributors also attend to questions of nation-states, post-coloniality, religious diversity, violence, and virginity, as well as queer virginities.