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Of course, losing your virginity is a big deal.  But it’s an even bigger deal — a huge deal! — for other people, people who are not you, people who don’t have hymens.

When Jihadists martyr themselves and go to heaven, as many as 100 virgins will be waiting there for them as their just reward. In areas of Iraq and Syria controlled by ISIS, the now robust sex slave market values virgins most of all.

Even here in the supposedly secular United States, one of the Presidential candidates, Ted Cruz, once proposed a method to detect infidelity in which God should “give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a different guy, because that will be a ‘visible sign’ of the breach of trust,” according to a recent newspaper story.

Putting all this in perspective is Therese Schecter’s documentary How to Lose Your Virginity, which takes a comedic and refreshing look at the ideologies and constructions that have shaped how female virginity is perceived: