DEBATE: Is the focus on female virginity and celibacy in some religions a form of controlling women?

Updated Monday, 16th April 2012
Is the idealisation of female virginity an attempt to keep women’s sexuality in check or is it an empowering choice? 

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Celibacy or sexual abstinence has been practiced and valued by women and men within many religious traditions with particular importance being placed on women’s virginity. Is the idealisation of female virginity an attempt to keep women’s sexuality in check or is it an empowering choice? 

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