Virgin Envy sets out to re-conceive the ways that we describe and relate to virginity as a cultural construct.
Who is a virgin? How do we lose our virginities? What if we regret our "first time"? Contributors to Virgin Envy everything from medieval romance to Bollywood films to Twilight and True Blood, to destabilize the many assumptions about sexual purity.
In particular, the hymen is called into question. How is virginity determined for those without a hymen?
How do we account for the ways in which the "geography of the hymen" has changed over the course of history? And what about male and queer virginity? Issues of commodification, postcoloniality, and religious diversity are also addressed. "An ambitious, wide-ranging, and eclectic collection." Corrinne Harol, Enlightened Virginity in Eighteenth-Century Literature