Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences

Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences

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by Laura Carpenter
     
 

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Nervous, inexperienced, confused. For most, losing your virginity is one of life's most significant moments, always to be remembered. Of course, experiences vary, but Laura Carpenter asks: Is there an ideal way to lose it? What would constitute a “positive” experience? What often compels the big step? And, further, what does “going all the

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Nervous, inexperienced, confused. For most, losing your virginity is one of life's most significant moments, always to be remembered. Of course, experiences vary, but Laura Carpenter asks: Is there an ideal way to lose it? What would constitute a “positive” experience? What often compels the big step? And, further, what does “going all the way” really mean for young gays and lesbians?

In this first comprehensive study of virginity loss, Carpenter teases out the complexities of all things virgin by drawing on interviews with both young men and women who are straight, gay or bisexual. Virginity Lost offers a rare window into one of life's most intimate and significant sexual moments. The stories here are frank, poignant and fascinating as Carpenter presents an array of experiences that run the gamut from triumphant to devastating.

Importantly, Carpenter argues that one's experience of virginity loss can have a powerful impact on one's later sexual experiences. Especially at a time of increased debate about sexual abstinence versus safe sex education in public schools, this important volume will provide essential information about the sex lives of young people.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Well written and engaging, Virginity Lost is an extremely valuable contribution, giving us in depth and moving descriptions of how first sexual experiences changed men's and women's lives and capturing interesting comparisons of both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and encounters. Laura Carpenter assumes nothing, and therefore, learns a great deal. Reading this book has changed the way I look at first intercourse. I am in the author's debt, as is, I believe, the entire field of sexology.”
-Pepper Schwartz,author of Everything You Know about Love and Sex Is Wrong

“The first book to date to take an in-depth look at the meaning men and women ascribe to their first experiences with sexual intercourse. . . . This body of research appears to be promising and will likely add much information to literature in the area of sexual behavior.”
-Sex Roles

“Well-organized and well-researched, Virginity Lost is an inquiry into adolescents’ understandings of virginity.”
-Qualitative Sociology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814772003
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
295
File size:
2 MB

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

Virginity Lost is the first book to date to take an in-depth look at the meaning men and women ascribe to their first experience with sexual intercourse.”:
- Sex Roles

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“Laura Carpenter has added hugely to our impoverished understanding of how young people manage the transition from virginity. Her lively and graceful account of virginity loss enriches our knowledge of sexual development.”
-Frank Furstenberg,author of Teenage Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Childbearing

“I’ve read many books in the field of sexuality, and I must say that this is one of the best I've come across. . . . A joy to read.”
-Denise Donnelly,co-editor of Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader

“Carpenter presents the results of a qualitative study which involved interviews with a diverse sample of 61 young adults from the Philadelphia area of the United States.“
-Arch Sex Behavior

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“The first book to date to take an in-depth look at the meaning men and women ascribe to their first experiences with sexual intercourse. . . . This body of research appears to be promising and will likely add much information to literature in the area of sexual behavior.”
-Sex Roles

Meet the Author

Laura M. Carpenter is Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University and author of Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences.

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