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Losing your virginity can be a rite of passage aling a transition from childhood to adulthood. For some people, having sex for the first time is an act of committed love.
For others, the loss of virginity is a path to greater sexual pleasure and personal fulfillment. In a sex-saturated culture in which everyone is expected to have and enjoy sex, virginity may be stigmatized —especially for adults. Virginity is a cultural construct.
It means different things in different societies, and its definition has shifted with time. Most studies and many people define loss of virginity as having penile-vaginal intercourse for the first time. Yet this is a heteronormative definition of sex that excludes many sex acts. Virginity is not a medical term. You cannot tell if someone is a virgin by looking at their hymen, penis, or other genitalia. Since there are many definitions of sex, there is no single, clinical definition of a virgin.
The very notion of virginity or virginity stigma depends on a social construct, not a biological one. Virginity comes in many forms. Some virgins may be eager to have sex, but unable to find the right partner.
Others may be comfortable waiting, while quietly worrying that their inexperience means something is wrong with them. Some people remain virgins because of a lack of interest in sex. Asexual and aromantic people may face both virginity stigma and sexual minority stigma. Virginity stigma is often gendered. Traditional notions of masculinity demand boys and men be very sexually active. Men who are unable or unwilling to conform to this norm may feel ashamed and self-conscious.
Some men may engage in aggressive sexual behavior in an attempt to get partners to have sex with them. Women often face conflicting pressures around sex. Some religions prize virginity in women. Some cultures and families even demand virginity, using virginity pledges and virginity balls as a way to encourage girls and women to abstain from sex.
Women who are interested in sex may feel ashamed of their desires, while others may be pressured into sex before they are ready. Yet research actually shows that more people are remaining virgins for longer. The average age of loss of virginity is around 17 years old for both males and females. However, fewer high school students are having sex. In Bythe figure had dropped to Most people assume others are having more sex and are more sexually experienced than they are, which is usually not the case.
Young people today have less sex than the youth of two generations. A study found that, on average, they have sex nine fewer times per year than young people did a generation ago. Young men in particular tend to assume that everyone else has had sex but them. They feel ashamed and wonder how they can possibly tell a future partner that they are a virgin.
Some people may feel so ashamed of their sexual inexperience that they lie about their sexual history. This can actually compound stigma by contributing to the illusion that people are having more sex than they actually are. When people feel ashamed of their perceived inexperience, they may feel uncomfortable communicating with partners about their sexual history, preferences, or needs.
This can make sex less enjoyable. Virginity is not a psychological problem. Yet misleading and conflicting I dont want to be a virgin any more norms about sex can lead to a toxic stew of self-doubtsexual shame, mistaken notions about sexuality, and relationship frustration. Therapy can help people navigate these complex issues. A therapist can work with a person to identify and understand their own values and sexual goals.
For example, a person raised in a family that demanded virginity might interrogate this norm, then decide whether they wish to embrace or reject it. A couples counselor can help couples who struggle with virginity stigma. For example, a couple who waits until marriage to have sex may need support to talk about sex and feel comfortable losing their virginity.
Or a couple in which only one partner is a virgin may need to master sexual communication to reduce shame around virginity. Therapy can play a key role in helping sexually inexperienced people prepare for a healthy sexual relationship. When a person does not want to have sex at all, therapy can support them in embracing that identity and pushing back against stigma. The preceding article was solely written by the author named above. Any views and opinions expressed are not necessarily shared by GoodTherapy. Questions or concerns about the preceding article can be directed to the author or posted as a comment below.
Please fill out all required fields to submit your message. I am a 46 year old male virgin and I will tell you why. I have never wanted to have. I have felt that way since I was a young teen. Not being one to destroy their fantasy of what they want in life, I have chosen to break off such relationships before they even got started. This also explains why even though I very much desire to get married, why I have never married.
It is very frustrating to be told that being 40 years old or older and never being married is one of the the biggest red flags for females when it comes to online dating profiles. It has nothing to do with emotional immaturity, or the fact that I am a player. I am a 43 year old virgin, female. I just wanted the guy to court me and like me, hopefully love me. No one has ever thought I was worth it.
Just wanted an introverted guy, to laugh with. I am also a 46 year old virgin and enjoy my life. I agree and with both Jayson and Dwight in their life path.
I am a 44 year old virgin. I was diagnosed with ADD asand fitting in or making friends was difficult. Growing up I was bullied a lot in school to the point that I became severely depressed and had anxiety disorder. All my life I believed I was ugly, stupid, and unworthy of love. I did have boyfriends in my late teens and twenties, but nothing came off it.
I still struggle with depression anxiety, but am slowly getting better with therapy. But my biggest fear is that I will never be accepted as one worthy of love. That time has fun out. I know this is irrational, but I feel it anyway. Just do not want to feel like I am the only one suffering from this insecurity. Because it will lead to sexual dysfunction, and other health, and psychological problems that will get worse, and worse the longer he is a virgin. So 40 year old virgins, or older will have a lot less chances of getting a partner, having sex, and having it properly, and healthily.
I am insulted because I feel like the guy is a bigoted idiot, and wrong, and that sex should be a personal choice that we do when we are damn well ready for it, not something we should do by a certain age because we have to for our health. I would like to think that this is just some conservative male superiority idiot who supports the patriarchy, and that his views are objectively wrong, and based on outdated immoral concepts of inequality etc.
Which pushes me even further into the fear that he is objectively right, and I am objectively wrong. After all, the sky is obviously objectively blue, and even if I disagree, and give my subjective opinion that the sky is actually green, the sky is objectively still blue. The sky remains blue no matter what I say. That sky analogy is how I feel, and fear about healthy strokes. I know I am not ASexual because I have erections from women, am straight, and like the idea of having a partner someday.
If it does, it does. I still like porn, and jerking off. Is it also true that porn, and jerking off is unhealthy, and le to sexual dysfunctions, and is the reason why people who do it are still virgins at older ages? Healthy strokes says that jerking off is fine, and even necessary for our health, but that porn is bad, and should be avoided at all costs.
He even says that marijuana is bad for you, and that no one should ever take it at all for any reason, and that pot, and weed also causes sexual dysfunctions, and other health problems. Will I develop sexual dysfunctions, and other health problems if I decide not to jerk off ever again? Is marijuana, weed, and pot really that bad for our health where it will destroy men, and cause sexual dysfunctions, and other health problems? I have the more feminine ideals of sex.
I have to either be married, or in love, and emotionally connected to them before anything sexual will take place, and even then maybe still not. How long is it okay to be celibate, and a virgin for a man before it becomes a problem, and unhealthy? Is there something wrong with me? I am high functioning Autistic. Just not extreme, or anything involving pain. I am a 43 year old female virgin. I dont want to be a virgin any more have learned that you have to be true to yourself.I dont want to be a virgin any more
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I don't want to be a virgin anymore :(