Illustration by Shawna X. It should come as no surprise to Broadly readers that most of the world is organized around men.
Can a lesbian lose their virginity?
A man, Jacques Derrida, even created the word to express the idea: In short, the phallus defines the world, and for millennia it has defined sex.
The insertion of a penis into a woman has been the defining line between virginity and its absence.
How then, could two women—neither of whom happen to posses a penis—lose their virginity? How do they cross the slippery rubicon from innocence to experience?
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Read more: The Untouched History. For instance, Blank points out, the Greeks thought all the human plumbing was one tube—nose connected to throat connected to vagina connected to butt hole—and that a woman's whole physiology would thus change after being penetrated for the first time.
Blank is loath to throw extra shade on the Greeks for their ideas about virginity "because I don't want people to think, 'Oh they're bullshit and I'm right,'" Blank says.