Growing Up Sexually(Bibliographies)





Main Index®Index Volume 3 ® Bibliography 32


Compiler’s Notes:


In GUS Vol. 2 chapter 6 I questioned the equation of virginity and heterosexual peno-vaginal coitus. Obviously this is a curious social convention. The aspects are legio: virginity complexes, virgin/whore binaries, virgin cleansing myths, virginity tests, hymen cults, hymen repair, and so on.


Note: This bibliography may be updated monthly.


§         Amuchástegui Herrera, A. (1994) El Significado de la Virginidad y la Iniciación Sexual para Jóvenes Mexicanos. Reporte de investigación. The Population Council/UAM-Xochimilco, México

§         Amuchástegui Herrera, A. (1996) El significado de la virginidad y la iniciación sexual: Un relato de investigación, in Szasz, I. & Susana, L. (Eds.) Para Comprender la Subjetividad: Investigación Cualitativa en Salud Reproductiva y Sexualidad. México: El Colegio de México, p137-72

§         Amuchástegui Herrera, A. (1998) La dimensión moral de la sexualidad y de la virginidad en las culturas híbridas Mexicanas, Relaciones 19(74):101-34

§         Amuchastegui Herrera, A. (1999) Dialogue and the negotiation of meaning: Constructions of virginity in Mexico, Culture, Health & Sexuality 1,1:79-93

§         Amuchástegui Herrera, A. (2001) Virginidad e Iniciación Sexual: Experiencias y Significados. EDAMEX, S.A. de C.V. y Population Council

§         Bautista, I. B. (2001). The dilemma of virginity in the traditional and in modern society - Interpretation of a group discussion with Turkish and German women. Gruppenpsychotherapie und Gruppendynamik, 37(2), 140-157.

§         Bearman, P. S., & Bruckner, H. (2001). Promising the future: Virginity pledges and first intercourse. American Journal of Sociology, 106(4), 859-912.

§         Blobel, R. & Silaschi, S. (1994) Das erste Mal (I); die ersten sexuellen Erfahrungen der Frau, Sexualmedizin 16,10:284-6

  • Bouris, Karen (Ed.) (1993) The First Time: What Parents and Teenage Girls Should Know about "Losing Your Virginity", Berkeley, CA: Conari Press

§         Carini, Amber (2005) Like a Virgin: The Performance of Virginity in Fanny Hill. 40th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, Western Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, California, State University, Long Beach, February 18-19, 2005

§         Carlson, C. & A. J. Weisl (Eds.) (1999) Constructions of Widowhood and Virginity in the Middle Ages. Palgrave Macmillan

§         Carpenter, L. M.  (2005, forthcoming fall)  Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sex in AmericaNew York: New York University Press.

§         Carpenter, L. M. (1999) Virgin territories: the social construction of virginity loss in the contemporary United States. PhD Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 

§         Carpenter, L. M. (2001a). The ambiguity of "having sex": The subjective experience of virginity loss in the United States. Journal of Sex Research, 38(2), 127-139.

§         Carpenter, L. M. (2001b). The first time/das erstes mal - Approaches to virginity loss in US and German teen magazines. Youth & Society, 33(1), 31-61.

§         Carpenter, L. M. (2002) Gender and the meaning and experience of virginity loss in the contemporary United States, Gender & Society 16,3:345-65

§         Carpenter, Laura M.  (2005) (forthcoming August).  Virginity Loss in Reel/Real Life: Using Popular Movies to Navigate Sexual Initiation. Paper submitted for inclusion in the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. 

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (1997). Das Erstes Mal/The First Time: Virginity Scripts in U.S. and German Teen Magazines.  Poster presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (1997). Mein Erstes Mal/My First Time: Virginity Scripts in a German Teen Magazine.  Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. 

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (1998). “Virginity is a Gift”: A Distinctive Approach to Early Sexual Experiences.  Roundtable presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (1998). Virgin Territory: The Social Construction of Virginity in the Contemporary U.S.  Roundtable presentation at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. 

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2000). Gendered Virginity: Gender and the Social Construction of Virginity Loss.  Roundtable presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2000). The Ambiguity of “Having Sex”: The Subjective Experience of Virginity Loss in the U.S.  Paper presented at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2002 April). Sexuality and Virginity Loss in U.S. and German Teen Magazines.  Students For Choice Lecture Series, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. 

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2002). Gendering Virginity Loss in Popular Film: From A Summer Place to American Pie.  Paper presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2003). Like a Virgin...Again?:  Understanding Secondary Virginity and Related Phenomena.  Paper presented at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. 

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2004). Gendering Virginity Loss in Popular Film: From A Summer Place to American Pie.  Article in preparation for submission to refereed journal.  

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2004). Like a Virgin...Again?: Understanding Secondary Virginity and its Siblings.  Article in preparation for submission to refereed journal. 

§         Carpenter, Laura M. (2005 April). Virginity Loss in a Diverse Climate.  Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology honor society) Lecture, Belmont University, Nashville, TN.

§         Caulfield, Sueann, & Martha de Abreu Esteves. (1993) 50 Years of virginity in Rio de Janeiro: sexual politics and gender roles in juridical and popular discourse 1890-1940. Luso-Brazilian Review 30: pp. 47-74.

  • Certified virginity [reviving a South African ritual]. Mother Jones 26,5 (September/October 2001) p78-9
  • Cindoglu, D. (1997) Virginity tests and artificial virginity in modern Turkish medicine, Women’s Studies Int Forum 20,2:253-61
  • Collins, Alan, Surrender Value of Capital Assets: The Economics of Strategic Virginity Loss, Journal of Bioeconomics Volume 2, Issue 3, Jan 2000 P193-201
  • Commission on Gender Equality (2000) Consultative Conference on Virginity Testing. Report, 12 – 14 June 2000 []

§         Cox, G. (1995). De Virginibus Puerisque: The function of the human foreskin considered from an evolutionary perspective. Medical Hypotheses, 45(6), 617-621.

  • Daley, S. (1999b) Virginity Testing Custom Revived In South Africa Raises A Storm, Sister Namibia 11:45
  • Daley, S., Screening girls for abstinence in South Africa [virginity testing]. New York Times (Late New York Edition) (August 17 1999a) p. A3
  • Decker, D. C. (1998) A broken promise: the continued use of virginity control examinations in Turkey, Buffalo Human Rights Law Rev 4:317-40

§         Dingwall, Eric. (1922) The Girdle of Chastity: A Medico-Historical Study. Paris: Divan

§         Doctor Caufeynon [pseud.]. (1904) La ceinture de chasteté: Son histoire, son emploi autrefois et aujourd’hui. Paris: Société parisienne d’editions

§         Frank, M. W., Bauer, H. M., Arican, N., Fincanci, S. K., & Iacopino, V. (1999). Virginity examinations in turkey - Role of forensic physicians in controlling female sexuality. Jama-Journal of the American Medical Association, 282(5), 485-490.

  • Freud, Sigmund, "The Taboo of Virginity," in On Sexuality: Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, James Strachey (gen. ed.), Angela Richards (ed.), Penguin Freud Library, vol. 7 [1953] 1977; "Das Tabu der Virginität," in Sigmund Freud: Gesammelte Werke, Chronologisch Geordnet, Werke aus den Jahren 1917-1920, vol. XII, London, Imago, 1947
  • Gall, D. Le & Le Van, Ch. (2003) "La première fois. Récits intimes", Sociologie & sociétés [Montréal] 35,2:35-57.
  • Gallo, H. (1999) El tabú de la virginidad, Affectio Societatis 5 [] [unpaged]
  • Gay-y-Blasco, P. (1994) Gitano Understandings of Female Virginity: Sex and the Construction of Ethnic Difference. Cambridge Anthropology, Vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 49-68
  • Gay-y-Blasco, P. (1997) A 'Different' Body? Desire and Virginity among Gitanos. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 517-535
  • Gay-y-Blasco, P. (1999) Gypsies in Madrid: Sex, Gender and the Performance of Identity. Oxford. Berg

§         Gordon, Jermaine R. (2005) "Through the Looking Glass: A Study of Transition to Sexual Activity". AJJ (Anthropology of Japan in Japan) SPRING WORKSHOP, 2005: Friendship. Co-hosted by: Osaka Gakuin University, April 23rd and 24th, 2005

§         Grenaudier-Klijn, France. (2004) Jouissance des vierges: La topique de la virginité dans deux romans de Marcelle Tinayre, Nineteenth-Century French Studies; 9/22/2004

§         Grosier, Louis M. (Ed.) (1993) Losing It: The Virginity Myth. Gilsum, NH: Avocus Publishing

  • Hlongwa, Wonder, 'Teens turn to anal sex to keep virginity', SABC News, South Africa 26/06/2004
  • Holtzman, D. & Kulish, N. (1996) Nevermore: the hymen and the loss of virginity, J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 44 Suppl:303-32
  • Holtzman, D. & Kulish, N. (1997) Nevermore: The Hymen and the Loss of Virginity. Jason Aronson.

§         Janssen, D. F. (2003) Growing Up Sexually. Volume II. The Sexual Curriculum. 0.1 ed. Victoria Park, W.A.: Books Reborn

  • Janssen, D. F., “Become Big and I’ll Give You Something to Eat”:Thoughts and Notes on Boyhood Sexual Health. Forthcoming in International Journal of Men’s Health (ISSN: 1532-6306) [unedited draft: HTM, PDF]
  • Janssen, D. F., The Body as (in) Curriculum: on wars, complexes and rides. Forthcoming in Pedagogy, Culture & Society (ISSN: 1468-1366) [abstract]
  • Kaarsholm, P. (2002) Moral Panic and Cultural Mobilisation, Responses to the Crises of AIDS, Crime and Transition in a KwaZulu-Natal Slum. Paper for presentation at WISER interdisciplinary seminar

§         Kelly, K. C. & M. Leslie (Eds.) (1999) Menacing Virgins: Representing Virginity in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Cranbury, NJ: University of Delaware Press; London: Associated University Presses

§         Kelly, K. C. (2000) Performing Virginity and Testing Chastity in the Middle Ages. New York: Routledge. Online data: []

  • Klein, R., Virginity tests for girls of six [Zulu ritual in South Africa]. The Times Educational Supplement no. 4450 (October 12 2001) p16

§         Kulish, N., & Holtzman, D. (1998). Persephone, the loss of virginity and the female oedipal complex. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 79, 57-71.

  • Kwamashu Boys to Undergo Virginity Testing, South African Press Association Jan 30, 2002, pNA

§         Lammers, C., Ireland, M., Resnick, M., & Blum, R. (2000). Influences on adolescents' decision to postpone onset of sexual intercourse: A survival analysis of virginity among youths aged 13 to 18 years. Journal of Adolescent Health, 26(1), 42-48.

  • Leclerc-Madlala, S. (2000) Virginity testing for AIDS prevention in South Africa: Consolidating the gendered epidemic. Paper presented at the American Anthropological Conference

§         Leclerc-Madlala, S. (2001) Virginity testing: Managing sexuality in a maturing HIV/AIDS epidemic. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 15(4), 533-552.

  • Leclerc-Madlala, S. (2003) Protecting girlhood? Virginity revivals in the era of AIDS, Agenda 56:16-25 []
  • Leclerc-Madlala, S. (2004) On the virgin cleansing myth: gendered bodies, AIDS and ethno-medicine. African J AIDS Res 1:87-95.
  • Loughlin, Marie H. (1997). Hymeneutics: interpreting virginity on the early modern stage. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press

§         Lowry, T. P. (1982a) First coitus, Br J Sex Med 9(91):31-3

§         Lowry, T. P. (1982b) First coitus, Med Asp Hum Sex 3,5:91-7

  • Maharaj, Ansuyah (1999) "Virginity Testing a Matter of Abuse or Prevention?," Agenda, no. 41
  • McGreal, C., (1999) Virgin tests come back as AIDS kills the Zulus, The Guardian, September 29

§         McMaster, J. (1998). Virginal representations of sexuality: The child author and the adult reader. English Studies in Canada, 24(3), 299-+.

  • Memela, Zwelihle "Virginity Testers Fight for Their `Cultural Rights,'" Natal Witness, December 6, 2000
  • Miller, Nancy Weitz. (1996) Rape and the rhetoric of female chastity in English Renaissance literature. Dissertation, Ohio State University

§         Miranda-Ribeiro, P. (2003). The stud, the virgin, the queer, and the slut: a qualitative study of teenage sexual identity in three Brazilian communities. Belo Horizonte: UFMG/Cedeplar.

§         Mullaney, J. (2001) Like A Virgin: Temptation, Resistance, and the Construction of Identities Based on “Not Doings”, Qualitative Sociol 24,1:3-24

  • Ngalwa, Sibusiso (2004) Traditionalists see virtue in virgin testing, Sunday Tribune, August 29, 2004, p16

§         Nilsen, Alleen Pace. "Virginity: A Metaphor We Live by." Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 3.1 (1990): 3-16.

§         Ntlabati, Kelly, K. & Mankayi, A. (April, 2001) The First Time: An Oral History of Sexual Debut in a Deep Rural Area. Conference presentation, AIDS in Context Conference, University of the Witwatersrand

§         Parla, A. (2001) The "honor" of the state: virginity examinations in Turkey, Feminist Studies 27,1:65-88

§         Pitts, M. & Rahman, Q. (2001) Which Behaviors Constitute "Having Sex" Among University Students in the UK?, Arch Sex Behav 30,2:169-76

§         Remez, L. (2000) Oral Sex Among Adolescents: Is It Sex or Is It Abstinence? Fam Plann Perspect 32,6:298-304

§         Reuters, J. (2001) Virginity Tests on Comeback Trail in South Africa, Jenda 1,1:1-3

§         Reyes, R. A. (2003). Virginidad masculina en jovenes Mexicanos: analisis de historias sobre practicas de iniciacion sexual. Paper presented at the 16th World Congress of Sexology, Cuba, March 10-14, 2003.

  • Schlegel, Alice (1991) "Status, Property, and the Value on Virginity," American Ethnologist, 18,4, pp. 719-34.

§         Schuster, M. A., Bell, R. M., & Kanouse, D. E. (1996). The sexual practices of adolescent virgins: Genital sexual activities of high school students who have never had vaginal intercourse. American Journal of Public Health, 86(11), 1570-1576.

§         Schwarz, K. (2002) The Wrong Question: Thinking through Virginity, differences 13,2:1ff []

  • Scorgie, F. (2002) Virginity Testing and the Politics of Sexual Responsibility: Implications for AIDS Intervention, African Studies 61,1:55-75

§         Shalhoub-Kevorkian N. (2005) Imposition of virginity testing: a life-saver or a license to kill? Soc Sci Med. 60(6):1187-96

  • South Africa: Virginity Testing, IRIN HIV/AIDS Weekly, Issue 8, January 5, 2001
  • Topan, Farouk M. (1995) Vugo: A Virginity Celebration Ceremony among the Swahili of Mombasa, African Languages & Cultures 8,1:87-107

§         Webb, E. (1998). Should doctors reconstruct the vaginal introitus of adolescent girls to mimic the virginal state? Cultural complexities should not be ignored. BMJ 316(7129), 462.

§         Weissman, P. (1964) Psychosexual Development in A Case of Neurotic Virginity and Old Maidenhood. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 45(1), 110-120.

§         Xiying, Wang (2005) "Virginity loss and sex coercion in dating relationships in Beijing". Heteronormativity - A fruitful concept? June 2-4. 2005, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway





Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Oct 2005