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One in eight 26-year-olds in the UK haven’t had sex. This makes us the oldest generation of virgins on record. But what does virginity even mean…?

In this short video, Natalie Fiennes, author of Behind Closed Doors: Sex Education Transformed (2019), highlights three major problems with the traditional understanding of virginity:

1. Virginity is a dichotomy – either you’re a virgin or you’re not

2. Losing your virginity produces some kind of physical transformation

3. Virginity is associated with (women’s) sexual purity / innocence