I laughed a little today when I came across this product from Japan…artificial virginity. According to the product’s manufacturer:
With this product, you can have your first night back anytime. Insert this artificial hymen into your vagina carefully. It will expand a little and make you feel tight. When your lover penetrate, it will ooze out a liquid that look like blood not too much but just the right amount. Add in a few moans and groans, you will pass through undetectable
After my bout of giggles, I got to thinking…hymen reconstructive surgery is a popular phenomenon in Morocco, as well as many other Muslim countries, and indeed, France as well. The invasiveness and risk of such a procedure could make this little virginity in a box a hot commodity. A friend said that it would be quite useful in Latin America as well. And it’s manufactured in Japan…clearly there’s quite the market for it.
I’m unimpressed. The reason women have their hymens “restored” is to prove to their husbands that they are still virgins. The problem here is twofold: 1. The hymen is not an accurate indicator of virginity (some women are born without one, others tear theirs playing sports, using tampons, or in accidents) and 2. While virginity is certainly something to be revered and respected, the onus should lie on the person to tell the truth, not for her to bleed. In other words, if men and women are both expected to be virgins on their wedding day (and in religion, such is the case), then why are only women held accountable?
As you can see, I have a real problem with this. While I personally do not hold religious beliefs that emphasize the importance of virginity, that’s something I can wrap my head around; I cannot, however, grasp the concept of lying to your partner before your marriage even begins.
I’m not the only person asking these questions. Here’s a nice piece written by a Muslim woman on the subject, and here are some really interesting questions about the hymen in western culture. What do you think?