Frances Wilson

Hymn to the Hymen

Virgins: A Cultural History

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These days we are more likely to associate the word with Richard Branson than we are with Elizabeth I, but not too long ago even Britney was famous for being a virgin. Red squirrels might be sighted more often than fair maids, at least in my neck of the woods, but that does not mean we are no longer fascinated by sexual purity. On the contrary: witness the pulling power of Anke Bernau’s book. 

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