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Virgin: The Untouched History
by Hanne Blank
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"In this social history, historian Hanne Blank illuminates the history of virginity in Western culture. How did virginity come to mean so much to our culture, and have so much power in our individual lives? Blank probes the shape and scope of the question, analyzing attempts to find out what constitutes virginity's loss (a task that only seems simple), and cataloging the myriad ways it has been tested and contested, guarded and faked and even restored. In the process she shows us what we do and don't know about virginity and reveals a great deal about just why humans have come to care so much about this fundamentally intangible state in the first place."--BOOK JACKET.