The internet exploded. Yes, what TI said is deeply disturbing, suggests an abusive family situation, and deserves every bit of derision being heaped on it. But it could also force a more intelligent conversation on women, sex and virginity. Hymens can be broken by things other than penises. Some girls are born without hymens.
The fight to ban a 'humiliating' virginity test for newlyweds
India: The fight to end 'virginity test' for newlyweds | India | Al Jazeera
India: The fight to end 'virginity test' for newlyweds Youth from Kanjarbhat tribe run 'Stop the V-Ritual' campaign against custom that forces 'virginity tests' on brides. On January 21, three young men, Prashant Indrekar, Saurabh Machhle and Prashant Tamchikar, who were part of an anti-patriarchy campaign, were beaten by a group of around 40 people in Pune's Pimpri-Chinchwad. Newlyweds in the community are handed a white sheet on their wedding night to use during intercourse, according to the order of the panchayat, or village caste council. If the groom does not confirm three times that his wife was a virgin, the council announces a punishment which could entail beatings for the bride and monetary penalty.
The United Nations is fighting to end virginity testing
Is purity the same as virginity? In fact, the only thing I did learn when it came to the subject was not to have it until marriage. Single women and men wore their virginity like a gold star. And if you lost it, your gold star turned into a scarlet letter.
Share via Email Protest in Tahrir Square. Now one woman is fighting to make sure the public space, which became the focal point of the demonstrations against Hosni Mubarak's government in Egypt, does not become a symbol for state-sponsored misogyny too. In March, after protesters returned to the square to highlight the slow pace of reform under the interim military government, hundreds were arrested and beaten. And, according to human rights groups, among these were seven women who were slapped, placed in chains, tasered, and then subjected to so-called virginity tests. An Egyptian general interviewed on an American news channel admitted the examinations of the women's hymens had taken place, declaring: "These girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine