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    What are your opinions?
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    Pretty much. It's a bit silly really.
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    Yes and no. Someone who hasn't had sex is differnet from someone who has. That difference may not manifest itself physically, biologically, mentally and so on but it is can act as a differentiator. If you had 2 perfectly identical people except one was a virgin then you have a way to tell them apart. In that respect it's no different to saying a person is or is not walking, is or is not sitting and so on. Being a virgin is a boolean state, you either are or you aren't.

    Any of the connotations that come with it though are social constructs. Judging someone, bullying, etc. are all results of how a person perceives virginity. In that respect it's no different from something like race. Fundamentally there's no difference, you can be a virgin or non-virgin, have black skin or white skin and so on. They are merely states. Whatever you think as a result of that is a social construct but the mere act of being these things is not.
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    I think the question is stupid.

    'Virginity' is a word. A word that refers to something in the world - that is, whether or not someone has had sex. The word 'virginity' is a social construct in that it is an abstract concept which has been created by human beings.

    All words are abstractions, if you want to go down that route.
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    if someone identifies as a virgin then they have the right to be a virgin.
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    Yes- how does a gay/lesbian lose their virginity?
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    (Original post by loveleest)
    Yes- how does a gay/lesbian lose their virginity?
    sex?
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    Of course it is but I don't think that says anything about whether it is important or not. There are loads of social constructs that are huge parts of our lives and how we understand the world. If you want to get philosophical about it you can question whether anything exists outside our minds.
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    All of us are born with multiple virginities, and keep most of them: you've probably never had sex with a sheep. However one - penis in vagina sex - is privileged by most but not all societies. Of course it's a social construct.
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    (Original post by cambio wechsel)
    sex?
    but how? Is it oral/anal ?
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    (Original post by loveleest)
    but how? Is it oral/anal ?
    Then they loose their oral or anal virginity, which most people would just term as loosing their virginity.
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    (Original post by Dheorl)
    Then they loose their oral or anal virginity, which most people would just term as loosing their virginity.
    But a lot of people class losing virginity through vaginal sex only. People don't really count oral...maybe anal...
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    (Original post by unprinted)
    All of us are born with multiple virginities, and keep most of them: you've probably never had sex with a sheep.
    Some people on this forum I wouldn't be surprised...
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    (Original post by loveleest)
    But a lot of people class losing virginity through vaginal sex only. People don't really count oral...maybe anal...
    There are societies - Thailand is one - where the vast majority of people don't count anal as being "sex".
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Some people on this forum I wouldn't be surprised...
    I did say 'probably'
 
 
 
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