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Just defining what a virgin is is a tough exercise. And it isn't just a philosophical or verbal one: "It is an exercise in controlling how people behave, feel, and think, and in some cases, whether they live or die." The confusion is shown by Augustine, who said that if a virgin resisted rape, then she was still a virgin after rape.Read more ›
Some examples. The Greek word 'hymen' means 'membrane' in general, but Hymen is also the Greco-Roman god of marriage. I have always found the learned question whether there is a link between the two highly prosaic, but the author seems to agree with the view that there is no relation. Yet, the mytho-poetical transformation of empirical data often splits the meaning of words into different spheres of significance. So, for Hippocrates epilepsy was merely a process within the brain, whereas it was a 'holy sickness' in Greek religion. Hymen, the god, and hymen, the word, both have roots in Sanskrit culture. Such loose ends get lost in a study which limits itself to the Western history only.
The original manuscript of the book had about 1000 pages which the publisher wanted to be reduced to less than 300, so it is hardly amazing that only a selection of the enormous amount of material in the medical literature is included in the publication. The author concentrates on the final 'discovery of the hymen' by Vesalius, but its existence was still denied afterwards, not only by Paré.Read more ›
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The information in this book is hard to find in other places and is desperately needed. The topics covered in this book are still hot today. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lisa Bosarge
Virgin: The Untouched History by Hanne Blank is a fascinating look at how we see virginity, and how virginity has been viewed throughout history and in different cultures. Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Rebekka K. Steg
I bought this book because I thought the title was interesting. I had never read anything by Hanne Blank before. She is a very incisive and witty writer. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Heather A. Winters
I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. I'm a history and gender studies major, so this is perfectly suited to my interests. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Monika
Virgin is not all encompassing, but it does whet one's appetite and awareness of the material without being boring. Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by Ruth E. Castillo
The author complains of the limitations of space several times in the book but nevertheless can digress into what feels like too much of the minutiae of medieval politics. Read morePublished on January 12, 2008 by Chris Morgan
As someone interested in history and anthropology, I found this book to be fascinating. In nearly every section I found information I wanted to pass on to someone else. Read morePublished on December 15, 2007 by M P