Through The Static

June 11, 2008

In Europe, Debate Over Islam and Virginity

Filed under: Gender,Health,Pokemon,Religion,Sex,WTF — disciplepete @ 10:15 pm

NYT:

PARIS – The operation in the private clinic off the Champs-Élysées involved one semicircular cut, 10 dissolving stitches and a discounted fee of $2,900.

But for the patient, a 23-year-old French student of Moroccan descent from Montpellier, the 30-minute procedure represented the key to a new life: the illusion of virginity.

Like an increasing number of Muslim women in Europe, she had a hymenoplasty, a restoration of her hymen, the vaginal membrane that normally breaks in the first act of intercourse.

“In my culture, not to be a virgin is to be dirt,” said the student, perched on a hospital bed as she awaited surgery on Thursday. “Right now, virginity is more important to me than life.”

As Europe’s Muslim population grows, many young Muslim women are caught between the freedoms that European society affords and the deep-rooted traditions of their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.

The article is pretty interesting. I think overall it’s pretty messed up for the men that these women are trying to fool. I think it’s bad to start a marriage based on a lie of this magnitude. Obviously these men place a high importance on virginity, and regardless of what the importance of a woman’s virginity ought to be, the deceptiveness of this whole thing just rubs me the wrong way.

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