Restoring Virginity

The New York Times reported that many Middle Eastern women living in Europe are undergoing plastic surgery to restore their hymens and provide the illusion of virginity on their wedding nights. Sometimes, women are required to go to gynecologists before their marriage to receive a confirmation of virgin status.

This is happening in Europe, in particular, because of the clash of European and Middle Eastern sexual values. While sex before marriage is often accepted or tolerated by those living in Europe, the religion definitely restricts sex outside of marriage. One couple, the article reported, had been engaged four years and had been sexually active, but they decided to have the woman undergo the surgery to placate the man’s family, who was requiring the woman go see a gynecologist.

While I think this is extreme, the consequences for sex before marriage for Middle Eastern women can be more severe than Westerners might imagine. What do you think?

New York Times Story

2 thoughts on “Restoring Virginity

  1. INTERESTING story. my thoughts? well i think it is a bit extreme myself. i dont think i would undergo such procedure. i guess i don’t understand how they could reverse the affects….something i will have to really think about.oh & you have lovely jewelry!

  2. Very interesting. I think middle Eastern woman are trying to be modern but their religion is conflicting them perhaps. I think we experience the same sort of thing here too. Meaning Catholics are trying to get the Pope to change the Catholism laws to be more modern but for some people it doesn’t feel right to change history.

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