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Hanne Blank

Author of Virgin: The Untouched History

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About the Author

Hanne Blank is a writer, historian, and public speaker whose work has been featured everywhere from Boston magazine to Penthouse

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Works by Hanne Blank

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Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era [35th Anniversary Edition] (2005) — Contributor, some editions — 883 copies
The Best American Erotica 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 91 copies
Best Bisexual Erotica (2000) — Contributor — 72 copies
Fucking Daphne: Mostly True Stories and Fictions (2008) — Contributor — 25 copies


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Canonical name
Blank, Hanne
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Awards and honors
George Whitfield Chadwick Medal (1991)



I love Hanne Blank, and I loved this book. For those afraid of exercise this really takes the sting out of the gym. It also rarely uses the "E" word instead encouraging you to think about it in terms of moving instead.
Perhaps not as helpful is you already have an exercise regime, but a great read nonetheless
kimlovesstuff | 2 other reviews | Dec 31, 2023 |
This is a surprising book full of things you thought you knew.
villyard | 7 other reviews | Dec 6, 2022 |
I regularly give nonfiction three-star ratings. I don't read a lot of it. The two stars is because of how this book was written and edited. Trigger warnings for this book include but are not limited to: historical and social examinations of misogyny--lots and lots of it; the huge double standard that exists; and historical pedophilia. I don't doubt all the research she did. This book is informative, educational, a lot of it still stands, and it got me wondering a little if society or medicine had advanced in any other way around virginity since. I read this when it first came out. Fourteen years later, I only remembered what turned out to be a few pages. The book flows well. It starts out with medical and historical aspects, with some pop culture references. An enormous hunk of the book examines Christianity's relationship and influence on virginity and its perception, with Catholicism not far behind. Judaism is often mentioned, but Jewish attitudes towards sex are wildly different so they're not presented side-by-side. Pop culture and Western attitudes are increasingly examined as the book progresses. It was trying to be linear, and it did a good job. The author, however, makes bad puns and stupid jokes often. She was trying to break up sections that could be dry, but her choices were annoying. She contradicts herself otften without explaining why, and only sometimes acknowledges it. Her sentences are too wordy. Some, I had to read out loud three times in an attempt to figure out what was going on. In the introduction, she says there's little information. Then she says there's a lot. She says not to see her book as the sum total of research, then says there's not that many books out there. That virginity wasn't important, then that it clearly was. Make up your mind, lady.

From beginning to end, all of this book except for a few paragraphs are about straight female virginity, or just female virginity in the context of historically rooted and ever-present lesbian erasure. At times while reading this, I wondered what Blank thought of the Lonely Island song "I Just Had Sex," a lighthearted take on male virginity loss. The song came out shortly after this book was written. I wondered how she would have interpreted it in the context of her book, and to herself as a consumer of pop culture. Especially now in 2021 as of this review writing, when there are TikTok trends of playing the song upon acknowledgement of virginity loss for all genders. I watched a few that were intended as lighthearted celebration and giggled.

The conclusion doesn't feel like one. It feels like she wanted to hurry up and finish the book. Given the style of it and the poor writing, I don't blame her. I'm glad this was written. It was well-researched and brought a lot of things to light.
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iszevthere | 11 other reviews | Jul 13, 2022 |
Engaging, all things considered. Also, lots of historical info I never learned in school.
bookbrig | 11 other reviews | Aug 5, 2020 |


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