Subscribe to our Newsletter. Hence, the overarching theme of the study is Virginity as Identity. Layal But I know that Arab men think this way. Throughout the interviews, categories of family and gender continually emerged and intersected with virginity, sexuality, and immigration. However, none of the participants referred to virginity as a stigma; on the other hand, the women in this study perceived virginity loss as a possible reason of stigma or cause of shame.
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Biopsychosocial perspectives on Arab Americans. Double Standards of Sexual Experience Within the Society The participants discussed the double standards within the Arab society in terms of virginity: We knew it from when we were 13 and our period decided to arrive during a swim meet. Younger participants like Eliana, Salwa, and Nisreen conveyed a somewhat more universal approach in their comparisons between Arabs and Americans. She reminds me that it's about waiting for a situation that feels right.
We spoke to one woman, who wished to remain anonymous, who said that it was one of the worst things that could ever have happened to her. And not long into freshman year, Courtney got an intriguing phone call from her best friend. I guess I could say that I'm not really a virgin since I'd started to have sex with a woman, but I don't really count that experience because of how terrible it was and how brief it was, not because of the gender. It was always my mother who would make a big stake of this and anything; if I wanted to go to a dance, there was no dances, I mean I was—I went to the prom only after fights, fights, and fights! Certificates of virginity and reconstruction of the hymen. Rebecca, 24, even speaks of a "stigmatization of virgins," and says she's already heard friends call girls in her situation derogatory names.