BREAKING THE MYTH OF VIRGINITY

organized by
COCHIN UNIVERSITY UNION
COCHIN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

28th OCTOBER 2020

07.00 pm

INAUGURATION

3

Prof. (Dr.) K.N Madhusoodhananan

Honourable Vice Chancellor, CUSAT

SPEAKER

s1-min

Dr Veena JS

MD Forensic Medicine
Gender Justice activist.

BREAKING THE MYTH OF VIRGINITY

The yardstick for measuring whether a woman is good or bad has always been associated with her virginity. According to societal standards, “good women” are those who abstain from sex until their marriage whereas anyone who deviates from this standard is a “bad woman”. A woman’s morality is questioned based on the status of her virginity.

Fauzia Saeed in her book, Taboo!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area talks about how society places a high premium on virginity because a woman who has lost her virginity is considered impure. She goes on to describe how in some cultures a groom has to display the virginal blood on a handkerchief to prove his bride’s purity.

Even in the 21st century, the practice of assessing the virtue of a woman considering her virginity has not come to an end. Hereby smashing the myths and lies we’ve been fed all along by the patriarchy about female virginity.

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BREAKING THE MYTH OF VIRGINITY

The yardstick for measuring whether a woman is good or bad has always been associated with her virginity. According to societal standards, “good women” are those who abstain from sex until their marriage whereas anyone who deviates from this standard is a “bad woman”. A woman’s morality is questioned based on the status of her virginity.

Fauzia Saeed in her book, Taboo!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area talks about how society places a high premium on virginity because a woman who has lost her virginity is considered impure. She goes on to describe how in some cultures a groom has to display the virginal blood on a handkerchief to prove his bride’s purity.

Even in the 21st century, the practice of assessing the virtue of a woman considering her virginity has not come to an end. Hereby smashing the myths and lies we’ve been fed all along by the patriarchy about female virginity.

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