Virginity Loss Narratives on the Teen Screen

This week’s podcast discusses the trope of virginity loss in girls’ coming-of-age narratives. We discuss the history of virginity loss narratives, and how they have become so entwined in how our culture thinks about girls’ worth, value, and sexuality. Jodi McAlister and I discussed: what “counts” as virginity loss within a culture organised according to adult patriarchal agendas and desires? Where does girls’ pleasure figure into this paradigm? And are there any shifts occurring in narratives about girls and virginity, particularly in film and television towards another way of thinking about female bodies, sex, and pleasure?

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One Comment Add yours

  1. “if you say you haven’t, you’re a prude. If you say you have you’re a slut. It’s a trap.” –Allison Renolds,
    The Breakfast Club


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