The Disease of Virgins

"Helen King examines the origins and history of the disease, from its roots in the classical tradition to its extraordinary survival into the 1920s, despite changes in how the mechanisms of puberty and menstruation were understood, and ...

Author: Helen King

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415226627

Category: Medical

Page: 196

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"Helen King examines the origins and history of the disease, from its roots in the classical tradition to its extraordinary survival into the 1920s, despite changes in how the mechanisms of puberty and menstruation were understood, and enormous shifts in medical theories and technologies. From menstrual disturbance to eating disorders, from liver disease to blood disorder, the disease of virgins has been adjusted throughout its history to fit medical fashions. However, little changed in the underlying ideas about the female body, and the need to regulate the sexuality of young women."--BOOK JACKET.

From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgins

The Vestal Virgins were Rome's most extraordinary religious phenomenon. At
any given time there were six Vestals who might range in age from early
childhood to extreme old age. A newly selected Vestal had to be between six and
ten years ...

Author: Ariadne Staples

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113478788X

Category: History

Page: 217

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The role of women in Roman culture and society was a paradoxical one. On the one hand they enjoyed social, material and financial independence and on the other hand they were denied basic constitutional rights. Roman history is not short of powerful female figures, such as Agrippina and Livia, yet their power stemmed from their associations with great men and was not officially recognised. Ariadne Staples' book examines how women in Rome were perceived both by themselves and by men through women's participation in Roman religion, as Roman religious ritual provided the single public arena where women played a significant formal role. From Good Goddess to Vestal Virgins argues that the ritual roles played out by women were vital in defining them sexually and that these sexually defined categories spilled over into other aspects of Roman culture, including political activity. Ariadne Staples provides an arresting and original analysis of the role of women in Roman society, which challenges traditionally held views and provokes further questions.

Virgin Or Vamp

In this timely book, Benedict draws on her experience as a reporter and professor of journalism to examine the print press's treatment of four prominent sex crimes from the past decade - the Rideout marital rape trial in Oregon, the Big Dan ...

Author: Helen Benedict

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0195086651

Category: Mathematics

Page: 309

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In the last few years, the national press has lavished coverage on several major sex-related scandals: the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, and the Mike Tyson case. With each event came lurid stories pitting either a loose or virginal woman against an unwilling or monstrous man. Such extreme coverage, argues Helen Benedict, perpetuates myths that are harmful to victims of these crimes (and sometimes to the accused). In Virgin or Vamp Benedict examines the press's treatment of four notorious sex crimes from the past decade--the Rideout marital rape trial in Oregon, the Big Dan's pool table gang rape in Massachusetts, the "Preppy Murder" in New York City, and the Central Park jogger case--and shows how victims are labelled either as virgins or vamps, a practice she condemns as misleading and harmful. Benedict also looks at other factors that perpetuate the misunderstanding of rape. For instance, she shows how the New York press presented the Central Park jogger rape case as motivated by racism because of its unwillingness to consider rape an issue of gender. She also addresses our inherent language bias, the press's tendency to use sexually suggestive language to describe crime victims, and its preference for crimes against whites. In conclusion, Benedict offers a number of solutions that will help reporters cover these increasingly common crimes without further harming the victims, the defendants, or public understanding.

Queer Virgins and Virgin Queans on the Early Modern Stage

What is the effect of catching a queer pun's double meaning in a group rather than while alone? How can we characterize those auditors, within the convoluted, if fascinating, theories of erotic identity offered by queer theorists?

Author: Assistant Professor in the Department of English Mary Bly

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198186991

Category: Drama

Page: 213

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Queer Virgins and Virgin Queans looks at the early modern theater through the lens of obscure and obscene puns--especially "queer" puns, those that carry homoerotic resonances and speak to homoerotic desires. In particular, it resurrects the operations of a small boys' company known as the first Whitefriars, which performed for about nine months in 1607-8. As a group, the plays performed by this company exhibit an unusually dense array of bawdy puns, whose eroticism is extremely interesting, given that the focus of eros is the male body. The laughter recoverable from Whitefriars plays harnesses the pun's inherent doubleness to homoerotic pleasure; in these plays, 'the bawdy hand of the dial' is always 'on the pricke of noone'. Mary Bly's analysis depends on the nature of punning itself, and the inflections of language and the creativity that marked Whitefriars punsters, with special emphasis on the effect of puns on an audience. What happens to audience members who sit shoulder to shoulder and laugh at homoerotic quibbles? What is the effect of catching a queer pun's double meaning in a group rather than while alone? How can we characterize those auditors, within the convoluted, if fascinating, theories of erotic identity offered by queer theorists?

Menacing Virgins

Representing Virginity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Nancy Weitz
Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Marina Leslie ... Virgins. in. Italian. Renaissance.
Domestic. Painting. Cristelle. L. Baskins. Vergine, Onesta, Casta: injunctions to
women in early ...

Author: Nancy Weitz

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874136494

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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The essays in Menacing Virgins: Representing Virginity in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance examine the nexus of religious, political, economic, and aesthetic values that produce the Western European myth of virginity, and explore how those complex cultural forces animate, empower, discipline, disclose, mystify, and menace the virginal body. As the title suggests, the virgin can be seen alternately or even simultaneously as menaced or menacing. To chart the history of virginity as a steady, evolutionary progression from a religious ideal in the Middle Ages toward a more secularized or sovereign ideal in the Renaissance would obscure how unstable a concept chastity is in both periods. What this collection demonstrates is that medieval and early modern attitudes toward virginity are not general and evolutionary, but specific, changeable, and often conflicted.


Anke Bernau's witty and thought-provoking examination of virginity reveals its many bizarre manifestations throughout its long history as well as its growing contemporary potency.

Author: Anke Bernau

Publisher: Granta Books


Category: History

Page: 232

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In the Middle Ages it was believed that only a virgin could charm a unicorn out of hiding; but far from being a quaint, anachronistic concept, virginity remains a central value in Western culture. Typing "virgin" into Google results in more than one million hits and includes everything from the Anti-Nicene Fathers to advertisements for free teen virgins, displaying a range of current cultural preoccupations with virginity. This lively, wide-ranging examination of a phenomenon that has touched many aspects of our culture names different archetypes and facets of the concept of virginity. Examples include the Medical Virgin?exploring what exactly virginity is and how to reliably identify one; the Religious Virgin?from the Madonna to the American Christian Right's insistence on sexual abstinence before marriage; the Popular Virgin of Gothic fiction and modern day horror films; the Political Virgin?virginity's intimate connection with money and power; and the Monstrous Virgin, as embodiment of what is ultimately unknowable and of violence, excess, and death. Anke Bernau's witty and thought-provoking examination of virginity reveals its many bizarre manifestations throughout its long history as well as its growing contemporary potency.

St Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins of Cologne

The Church of the Eleven Thousand Virgins and its Decoration Despite the
extensive dissemination and presence of their relics in Cologne and elsewhere ,
the core of the cult of the Holy Virgins remained the motherhouse and titular
church of ...

Author: Scott B. Montgomery

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118526

Category: Art

Page: 207

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The cult of St. Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgin Martyrs of Cologne was the most widespread relic cult in medieval Europe. The sheer abundance of relics of the Eleven Thousand Virgins, which allowed for the display of immense collections, shaped the notion of corporate cohesion that characterized the cult. Though the primacy of St. Ursula as the leader of this holy band was established by the tenth century, she was conceived as the head of a corporate body. Innumerable inventories and liturgical texts attest to the fact that this cult was commemorated and referenced as a collective mass - Undecim millium virginum. This group identity informed, and was formulated by, the presentation of their relics, as well as much of the imagery associated with this cult. This book explores the visual, textual, performative, and perceptual aspects of this phenomenon, with particular emphasis on painting and sculpture in late medieval Cologne. Examining the ways in which both texts and images worked as vestments, garbing the true core of relics which formed the body of the cult, the book examines the cult from the core outward, seeking to understand hagiographic texts and images in terms of their role in articulating relic cults.

Virgins of God The Making of Asceticism in Late Antiquity

According to Athanasius' Vita Antonii, he placed his younger sister 'in the charge
of respected and trusted virgins' to be raised efc napdeviav, 'in virginity'.
Athanasius composed his life of Antony much later, shortly after. 1 Ath. V. Ant. (
PG 26.

Author: Susanna Elm

Publisher: Clarendon Press

ISBN: 9780191591631

Category: Asceticism

Page: 460

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Many of the institutions fundamental to the role of men and women in society today were formed in late antiquity. This path-breaking study offers a comprehensive look at how Christian women of this time initiated alternative, ascetic ways of living, both with and without men. The author studies how these practices were institutionalized, and why later they were either eliminated or transformed by a new Christian Roman elite of men we now think of as the founding fathers of monasticism. - ;Situated in a period that witnessed the genesis of institutions fundamental to this day, this path-breaking study offers a comprehensive look at how ancient Christian women initiated ascetic ways of living, and how these practices were then institutionalized. Using the organization of female asceticism in Asia Minor and Egypt as a lever, the author demonstrates that - in direct contrast to later conceptions - asceticism began primarly as an urban movement. Crucially, it also originated with men and women living together, varying the model of the family. The book then traces how, in the course of the fourth century, these early organizational forms underwent a transformation. Concurrent with the doctrinal struggles to redefine the Trinity, and with the formation of a new Christian --eacute--;lite, men such as Basil of Caesarea changed the institutional configuration of ascetic life in common: they emphasized the segregation of the sexes, and the supremacy of the rural over urban models. At the same time, ascetics became clerics, who increasingly used female saints as symbols for the role of the new ecclesiastical elite. Earlier, more varied models of ascetic life were either silenced or condemned as heretical; and those who had been in fact their reformers became known as the founding fathers of monasticism. -

Corrupting Virgins

Finally, the virgins' longings were manifesting in a real sense. They had survived
the nastiness, craftiness, and ignorance of those that had sort to corrupt them.
The virgins that had made it had not danced to Zijumzum's whims and had not ...

Author: Thabang Tlaka

Publisher: Partridge Africa

ISBN: 1482802279

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

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After her body experiences the Blossom, the confused virgin Vuyi’s heart begins to burn with unquenchable and relentless passion. Her parents and the village practices compel her to travel to the Village of Virtue, where the fire in her heart would be molded and, thus, gain permission to reign as queen with the faithful. With other virgins, she quickly learns that dreams, pain, and sacrifice are strange—however necessary—bedfellows. Though determined to reach her destination, her journey is littered with sadistic creatures that seek to corrupt her, break her down, and puncture her dreams of purity. “Corrupting Virgins” is a book about purity, second chances, and tsunamis of hatred. It is a story about wading through oceans of opinions, tunnelling through mountains of ignorance, and dancing through the joys and sorrows of life. It is a story that seeks to defend love in a society where love is constantly on trial. “Corrupting Virgins” is a book about wrestling arguments and monsters that besiege those who believe in faith, hope, and love. Through a unique African and poetic lens, the reader will be taken through Jungles of Insult, Trains of Testing, Rivers of Life, Cities of Instant Gratification, and Villages of Virtue.

From Moon Goddesses to Virgins

The idea of virginity was a representation of sacred power related to a goddess's
sexual desires. The connection between the Virgin Mary and the Moon Goddess
allowed for a gendering of religion different from that promoted in either ...

Author: Peter Herman Sigal

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292798984

Category: History

Page: 320

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For the preconquest Maya, sexuality was a part of ritual discourse and performance, and all sex acts were understood in terms of their power to create, maintain, and destroy society. As postconquest Maya adapted to life under colonial rule, they neither fully abandoned these views nor completely adopted the formulation of sexuality prescribed by Spanish Catholicism. Instead, they evolved hybridized notions of sexual desire, represented in the figure of the Virgin Mary as a sexual goddess, whose sex acts embodied both creative and destructive components. This highly innovative book decodes the process through which this colonization of Yucatan Maya sexual desire occurred. Pete Sigal frames the discussion around a series of texts, including the Books of Chilam Balam and the Ritual of the Bacabs, that were written by seventeenth and eighteenth century Maya nobles to elucidate the history, religion, and philosophy of the Yucatecan Maya communities. Drawing on the insights of philology, discourse analysis, and deconstruction, he analyzes the sexual fantasies, fears, and desires that are presented, often unintentionally, in the "margins" of these texts and shows how they illuminate issues of colonialism, power, ritual, and gender.

The Stone Virgins

VIRGINS. YVONNE VERA is one of Zimbabwe's most acclaimed writers and
social critics. She was born in Bulawayo, where she is now director of the
National Gallery, and is the author of Butterfly Burning (FSG, 2000) and Without
aName and ...

Author: Yvonne Vera

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466806060

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Winner of the Macmillan Prize for African Adult Fiction An uncompromising novel by one of Africa's premiere writers, detailing the horrors of civil war in luminous, haunting prose In 1980, after decades of guerilla war against colonial rule, Rhodesia earned its hard-fought-for independence from Britain. Less than two years thereafter when Mugabe rose to power in the new Zimbabwe, it signaled the begining of brutal civil unrest that would last nearly a half decade more. With The Stone Virgins Yvonne Vera examines the dissident movement from the perspective of two sisters living in a small township outside of Bulawayo. In a portrait painted in successive impressions of life before and after the liberation, Vera explores the quest for dignity and a centered existence against a backdrop of unimaginable violence; the twin instincts of survival and love; the rival pulls of township and city life; and mankind's capacity for terror, beauty, and sacrifice. One sister will find a reason for hope. One will not make it through alive. Weaving historical fact within a story of grand passions and striking endurance, Vera has gifted us with a powerful and provocative testament to the resilience of the Zimbabwean people.

Ancestors Virgins Friars

Continuities : The Christian Virgins Even during the period of conflict that the
politico - economic changes of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
engendered , the Catholics of Mindong maintained striking institutional and
social ...

Author: Eugenio Menegon

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674035966

Category: History

Page: 450

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In the 16th century, European missionaries brought a foreign religion to China. Converts transformed this religion into a local one. Focusing on the still-active Catholic communities of Fuan county in Fujian, this project's implications extend to the fields of religious and social history and early modern history of global intercultural relations.

Church Fathers Independent Virgins

Although the early Fathers and Augustine had differing views of sexuality, their
conclusions on how virgins should live were similar. Whether a woman remained
silent to live out the metaphor of closed asexuality or as an expression of humility,

Author: Joyce E. Salisbury

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9780860915966

Category: History

Page: 168

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This startling study of early Christian attitudes toward sexuality begins with an account of the different stances adopted by the Church—from the Early Fathers' view that sex and the female body were irredeemably unholy, to Augustine's contention that sex was natural, but lust was evil. While the Church Fathers struggled to reach consistent theoretical conclusions, the underlying conflation of 'women' with 'sex' meant that patristic statements on chastity, virginity and marriage effectively read as ecclesiastical law governing women's conduct. Joyce Salisbury explains the relationship between Church doctrine and the position of women by placing these official views alongside an ascetic tradition which resisted the constraints imposed by sexual intercourse. Through an examination of texts of female and popular authorship, and the extraordinary lives of seven women saints—including the transvestites Castissima and Pelagia—she presents a markedly different picture of sexual and social roles. For many of these women, celibacy became a form of emancipation. Church Fathers, Independent Virgins bears witness to the entrenched power of the Church to oppress, the continuing power of women to overcome, and the enduring effects of medieval sexual attitudes.

Rome s Vestal Virgins

I shall increase and grow ever more famous, so long as the priest and the silent
Virgin solemnly climb to the Capitol. (Hor. Ode. 3.30.8–9) As the poet Horace
emphasizes, the Vestal Virgins were synonymous with the continued existence
and ...

Author: Robin Lorsch Wildfang

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134151667

Category: History

Page: 176

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Comprehensive and thoroughly up-to-date, this volume offers a brand new analysis of the Vestal Virgins’ ritual function in Roman religion. Undertaking a detailed and careful analysis of ancient literary sources, Wildfang argues that the Vestals’ virginity must be understood on a variety of different levels and provides a solution to the problem of the Vestals’ peculiar legal status in ancient Rome. Addressing the one official state priesthood open to women at Rome, this volume explores and analyzes a range of topics including: the rituals enacted by priestesses (both the public rituals performed in connection with official state rites and festivals and the private rites associated only with the order itself) the division and interface between religion, state and family structure the Vestals’ participation in rights that were outside the sphere of traditional female activity. New and insightful, this investigation of one of the most important state cults in ancient Rome is an essential addition to the bookshelves of all those interested in Roman religion, history and culture.

The Bartered Virgins

It might be helpful to assist the reader by identifying the location and salient
features of the tiny Caribbean archipelago known today as the “Virgin Islands.” It
comprises a group of about fifty small islands and cays clustered at the northern
tip of ...

Author: John David Merwin

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1434912825

Category: History

Page: 112

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The Virgins

'Erens brilliantly captures the dark side of adolescence .

Author: Pamela Erens

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848549865

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 808

'Erens brilliantly captures the dark side of adolescence . . . On a par with the likes of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides' Independent 'Flawlessly executed and irrefutably true' John Irving 'A must for fans of Nabokovian tragedy' Irish Tatler The events of 1979-80 reverberate around the campus of Auburn Academy and linger many years later in the mind of narrator Bruce Bennett-Jones. Aviva Rossner and Seung Jung are an unlikely couple at the elite East Coast boarding school and are not shy in flaunting their newly discovered sexuality. Their blossoming relationship is watched with envy and fascination by Bruce and other classmates, who believe their liaison to be one of pure, unadulterated passion and pleasure. But nothing is what it seems, and as Aviva and Seung struggle to understand themselves and each other, things begin to fall apart. Their ultimate descent into shame and betrayal has disastrous consequences beyond their own lives.

How to Train Virgins and Why

his book does not esteem virginity more than the person, NO. The young boy or
girl is much more than the hymen, the hymeneal blood, the foreskin and the
sexual experience. But the point here is that, there is a great connection between
the ...

Author: Samuel DanAuta

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1490733213

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 136

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This book does not esteem virginity more than the person, NO. The young boy or girl is much more than the hymen, the hymeneal blood, the foreskin and the sexual experience. But the point here is that, there is a great connection between the destinies of every human being on earth with their sexual experience in and outside of marriage. The mystery here is not what you will read in popular books. There are dozens of Christian books on sex that relegates virginity. One thing stands sure, the word of God. The word of God will never go out of place; it is the oldest book with the latest revelation and information. God's standard on sex is the same from Genesis to Revelation. This book has revealed ancient secrets of the hidden power in sexual purity (virginity) and how parents and guardians can use these secrets to train virgins to do great exploits in life. The entire book captures the story of a single mother who depended on God for wisdom and succeeded in training four virgins.

The Isle of the Virgins

A buzz of voices , in the stand to the right , told that this was cheering news to the
Virgins , each one of whom , at that moment , began to speculate on her chances
. “ May I remain by my friends during the rest of the games ? ” asked Fairfax .

Author: Matthew J. Royal

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Wenborne-Sumner



Page: 328

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The Hecuba Orestes Phoenician Virgins and Medea

Moreover the water of Castalia awaits me , to lave the virgin pride of my tresses ,
in the ministry of Apollo . O blazing rock , the flame of fire that seems ' double
above the Dionysian heights of Bacchus , and thou vine , who distillest the daily ...

Author: Euripides




Page: 242

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Queen of the Virgins

Situating the Virgin Islands—A Caribbean Nation, a U.S. Colony When the guy
made the song Caribbean Queen, we all danced to it. but we didn't really know
what it meant. i know now what it meant, exactly. —Carolyn Jenkins, Miss U.S. ...

Author: M. Cynthia Oliver

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781604733488

Category: Beauty contestants

Page: 201

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Beauty pageants are wildly popular in the U.S. Virgin Islands, outnumbering any other single performance event and capturing the attention of the local people from toddlers to seniors. Local beauty contests provide women opportunities to demonstrate talent, style, the values of black womanhood, and the territory's social mores. Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean is a comprehensive look at the centuries-old tradition of these expressions in the Virgin Islands. M. Cynthia Oliver maps the trajectory of pageantry from its colonial precursors at tea meetings, dance dramas, and street festival parades to its current incarnation as the beauty pageant or queen show. For the author, pageantry becomes a lens through which to view the region's understanding of gender, race, sexuality, class, and colonial power. Focusing on the queen show, Oliver reveals its twin roots in slave celebrations that parodied white colonial behavior and created creole royal rituals and celebrations heavily influenced by Africanist aesthetics. Using the U.S. Virgin Islands as an intriguing case study, Oliver shows how the pageant continues to reflect, reinforce, and challenge Caribbean cultural values concerning femininity. Queen of the Virgins examines the journey of the black woman from degraded body to vaunted queen and how this progression is marked by social unrest, growing middle-class sensibilities, and contemporary sexual and gender politics.