I was browsing through Feministing this afternoon, when a headline caught my eye; “Why are girls who lose their virginity allowed to go to public school?”
A legislator, Bambang Bayu Suseno, in Indonesia would prefer for there to be an actual virginity test to get into public schools. I went to a private school, and I did have to take an entrance exam – but it was reading comprehension and some math problems. I can’t even imagine what I would have done if after the math portion they walked me down the hall to a gynecologist’s office.
Plus, even a gynecologist cannot tell for certain whether a woman has had vaginal intercourse or not as some girls are born without a hymen and those who are sometimes find that their hymen wears away or is torn through tampon use, physical activities, or masturbation/fingering with a partner. And there is certainly no way to tell if a man has had sex or not. Or if students have been raped rather than had consensual sex.
Besides, what does sexual experience have to do with whether or not a student is fit to be in school? Don’t we all deserve an education?
The legislator quoted thinks that parents and schools aren’t doing a good enough job supervising children, and that this law might be the answer. What do you think? How might this be different if it were to happen somewhere else?
If you’re interested in the topic of virginity, particularly its intersections with culture, you might enjoy reading The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women.
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