Gender and the Meaning and Experience of Virginity Loss in the Contemporary United States

@article{Carpenter2002GenderAT,
  title={Gender and the Meaning and Experience of Virginity Loss in the Contemporary United States},
  author={Laura M. Carpenter},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  year={2002},
  volume={16},
  pages={345 - 365}
}
This article draws on in-depth case studies of 61 women and men of diverse sexual identities to show how gender, while apparently diminishing in significance, continues to shape interpretations and experiences of virginity loss in complex ways. Although women and men tended to assign different meanings to virginity, those who shared an interpretation reported similar virginity-loss encounters. Each interpretation of virginity—as a gift, stigma, or process—featured unequal roles for virgin and… 

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