Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Double Standard of Virginity

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With this week’s readings on virginity and sexuality, I couldn’t help but consider how long and how deep the double-standard has prevailed in our society. Women are still encouraged to remain chaste, while men are heralded by their peers if they have numerous sexual partners. This reminded me of an article I read many years ago in Reader’s Digest on the topic of the double standard. The author was making an argument that the double standard was a necessary and natural genetic process for a man to perpetuate his genes. The article stated that since a man never knew for sure whether the child his partner carried was in fact a reproduction of his genetic makeup or DNA, it was only natural and necessary for his genes to seek to deposit themselves wherever and whenever they could to increase the likelihood of reproduction. The article (written by a man) stated this was a primal and subconscious drive that has not been altered over the entire course of human history. In other words, his genes made him do it! After reading the article, I threw the book against the wall and promptly cancelled my subscription to Reader’s Digest.


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