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How To Lose Your Virginity

June 21st, 2010 · 1 Comment

You know how feminists, including yours truly, have been begging for that nuanced convo about sex, for that place between “virgin” and “whore”? Since years and even decades ago?

Well, Therese Schechter, of whom I’ve been a fan since “I Was A Teenage Feminist,” is hard at work doing just that in filmic form. Her new doc, “How To Lose Your Virginity,” examines our culture’s obsession with being virginal. The journey kicks off when Therese herself starts planning her wedding and realizes that, “like many modern brides, I have no business wearing white.”

Check out the trailer:

From the website:

[The film's] true target is idealized, fetishized virginity: its historical role in U.S. culture, its power to mold and damage a girl’s self-image and self-worth; its commodification as something manufactured, sold, given away, taken…

…What is behind this strange American cultural moment where Disney starlets flaunt purity rings while writhing on stripper poles, brothels hold million-dollar virginity auctions, and artificial hymens can be had for $30 on Chinese websites?

Therese plays the audience’s navigator, decoding a landscape of conflicting and hypocritical messages about what it means to be a ‘good girl’ or a ‘bad girl’ – and why it matters. In the end, she follows the white organza road, not only to her own non-white wedding, but also to a place where young women can have open, non-judgmental conversations about their own sexuality.

I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out for a while–I talked about it on Girldrive back in 2008. The doc is THISCLOSE from having all the funding it needs, and Therese is busting her ass to raise all of it before July! Go here to help out. Even $10 will make a difference–they’re missing less than $2500.

We direly need more people questioning our blinding worship of the intact hymen (or whatever virginity is). So let’s make sure this film gets finished!

ALSO: Check out the companion blog, The American Virgin.

Tags: Girls with Drive · Grass Routes · Stop chastising young people · Young Women in the Media

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