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The latest outcry against it has erupted in France, where a court has annulled a Muslim marriage because the bride misrepresented herself as a virgin. Feminists, the country's justice minister, and even the European Parliament are getting into the act. According to Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, doctors who restore hymens are being accused of "reinforcing a gender bias" and "misleading family members of patients."

One woman interviewed by the Times says her fiance's family is insisting that she go to Morocco so a doctor of their choosing can inspect her for proof of virginity.

William Saletan, Slate 24 Comments [7/8/2008 2:04:09 AM]
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So she isn't a virgin.


7/8/2008 2:20:37 AM


Fucking people and their customs...

7/8/2008 2:22:47 AM

Allegory for Jesus

Restoring hymens!? Only among the religiots could such a practice be considered relevant, and only there could it also be considered a method of false advertising, so to speak...

Why do they obsess about virginity so much...it is really quite repugnant..

7/8/2008 2:32:59 AM


Sooooo what?

7/8/2008 2:33:36 AM


The ignorance continues...

7/8/2008 2:56:43 AM


Get over your primitive obsession with hymens, please.

7/8/2008 2:57:41 AM


why the hell would anyone want to marry into such a nuthouse family?

7/8/2008 3:21:56 AM

It's like I'm really living in 1000 BCE!

7/8/2008 3:39:13 AM


If you are worried about your wife being a virgin then your dick is to small.

7/8/2008 4:15:15 AM


7/8/2008 4:33:31 AM

Little Miss

Mm. Someone ought to tell them that a hymen can break just because of too much physical activity. Just because you don't have one, doesn't mean you're not a virgin.

My sources? My sex ed teacher and personal experiance.

7/8/2008 4:43:29 AM


So, when I found that "flavor-seal" in that woman...

Was that not supposed to be there?

7/8/2008 6:01:12 AM


Twatar went ballistic.

7/8/2008 7:24:43 AM


Why don't they just do anal? No hymen controversy to worry about.

And why do they need a doctor to inspect her for proof of virginity? If she "misrepresented herself as a virgin" then doesn't that mean they already know she isn't a virgin?

7/8/2008 9:10:19 AM


Why the big fuss over virginity anyway. *sigh*

7/8/2008 10:35:38 AM

Romana Twelve

Why the big to-do over her virginity? Simple. That way all parties brokering the sale--marriage, sorry, haven't the foggiest why I'd get those confused in this case--can be assured that the female isn't "used property". She's sealed for freshness (and for his pleasure, of course)!

After all, if you stop obsessing over a woman's sexuality, that leads to dangerous stuff, like women enjoying sex and getting the vote and even--Heaven forfend--being treated like people.

...So how do you do sarcasm tags around here, again?

7/8/2008 12:14:06 PM


Imagine the reaction if her family asked for proof of HIS virginity. Suppose they wanted all his ex girlfriends to swear he never touched them.

7/8/2008 12:15:44 PM


Eh? Women are not sealed for freshness.

7/8/2008 5:13:10 PM

Old Viking

Ah, humanity, the very pinnacle of all creation.

7/9/2008 12:15:21 AM

I don't understand. I wouldn't even want to date a virgin, much less marry one. That's akin to preferring a beginner to a master surgeon when you need an operation.

1/13/2010 2:26:01 PM

Mark Poe

Envy and jealousy are sins you know...

... not like fundies care when it clash with their traditions.

3/1/2013 6:29:49 AM


We have DNA tests nowadays; we don't need the woman to be a virgin on the wedding night to be sure that the kids are the husband's any longer!

You can't really restore hymens, and lots of women are born without them. Trying to put something completely unnecessary back is indeed to reinforce gender bias AND to mislead family members and patients. No scare-quotes needed.

The presence or lack of a hymen has nothing to do with virginity, really.

3/1/2013 6:47:48 AM

rubber chicken

If seal is broken, please return to store for full refund.

3/1/2013 7:04:21 AM

Crimson Lizard

Yeah, who wants a used sex toy?

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