Living Myths About Virginity

The Atlantic | Feb. 7, 2014

While sites like Scarleteen, an independent sex-education website founded in 1998, are devoted to providing accurate, non-judgmental information to young people, Zeldes says she’s concerned by the number of Google search results and general information sites that describe the hymen as a tissue that completely covers the vaginal opening, one that tears and bleeds.

“There are a tremendous number of women who don’t understand how their bodies work and what happens when they are sexually active,” says Zeldes, who adds that “hymen” is the most-searched term on the book’s website. “There’s lots of information out there, but it’s more about reaching young women in formats that they will hear.”

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