Jezebel: ‘Many’ Told to Save Virginity for Jesus, ‘Married Penis Divine’
Bravo to Jezebel, the ultra-liberal feminist site, for addressing the ongoing virginity epidemic. When there are reports of girls graduating high school and even entering college without having had sex, only Jezebel’s Laura Beck has had the courage to stand up and scream “Stop the Madness!”
Beck’s latest piece, “New Documentary Explores WTF Is Up With the Virginity Obsession,” publicized a film directed by Therese Shechter about virginity. Beck began her article with a typical Jezebel sneer: “Many of us are taught to hold our virginity close — to tuck it deep inside That Which Is Most Sacred until a modern day Jesus finally proposes and we can finally unclench our vaginal walls and let in the Married Penis Divine.” Women Make Movies recently released the documentary entitled “How to Lose Your Virginity.”
“Of course, this [teaching],” Beck vented, “causes a whole slew of problems with how we, as a society, view women and their worth and roles, and how totally skewed our values are.” Beck applauded how the film, “attempts to understand and explain our obsession with virginity, and maybe what we can do to pop it.” Clever.
According to the promotional website, the documentary breaks “the myths and misogyny surrounding a rite of passage that many obsess about but few truly understand.” For an audience, the documentary targeted “universities, organizations, K-12 schools and libraries in the U.S. and Canada.”
Shechter summarized the intended “educational” documentary via the trailer: “Why do we give virginity so much value and meaning? How do we undo the power of this elusive, mysterious and not always precious gift?”
Besides Jezebel, the film received additional praise from outlets such as The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, and the Guardian.
— Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter.