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Virginity Lost: An Intimate Portrait of First Sexual Experiences

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Nervous, inexperienced, confused. For most, losing your virginity is one of life's most significant moments, always to be remembered. Of course, experiences vary, but Laura Carpenter asks: "Is there an ideal way to lose it? What would constitute a 'positive' experience? What often compels the big step? And, further, what does 'going all the way' really mean for young gays and lesbians?"

In this first comprehensive study of virginity loss, Carpenter teases out the complexities of all things virgin by drawing on interviews with both young men and women who are straight, gay or bisexual. Virginity Lost offers a rare window into one of life's most intimate and significant sexual moments. The stories here are frank, poignant and fascinating as Carpenter presents an array of experiences that run the gamut from triumphant to devastating.

Importantly, Carpenter argues that one's experience of virginity loss can have a powerful impact on one's later sexual experiences. Especially at a time of increased debate about sexual abstinence versus safe sex education in public schools, this important volume will provide essential information about the sex lives of young people.

Review:

"Well written and engaging, Virginity Lost is an extremely valuable contribution, giving us in depth and moving descriptions of how first sexual experiences changed men's and women's lives and capturing interesting comparisons of both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and encounters. Laura Carpenter assumes nothing, and therefore, learns a great deal. Reading this book has changed the way I look at first intercourse. I am in the author's debt, as is, I believe, the entire field of sexology." Pepper Schwartz, author of Everything You Know about Love and Sex Is Wrong

Review:

"A provocative book. Carpenter's extensive in-depth research shows that the meaning of virginity loss differs by gender and by sexual orientation. For the details, read this excellent book!" Judith Lorber, author of Paradoxes of Gender

Review:

"Laura Carpenter has added hugely to our impoverished understanding of how young people manage the transition from virginity. Her lively and graceful account of virginity loss enriches our knowledge of sexual development." Frank Furstenberg, author of Teenage Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Childbearing

Review:

"I've read many books in the field of sexuality, and I must say that this is one of the best I've come across. . . . A joy to read." Denise Donnelly, co-editor of Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader

Review:

"This is a great book. It is well researched, grounded in compelling personal stories from 61 diverse young Americans, and accessibly written...Carpenter nicely grounds her analysis in sociocultural context, considering wider social reasons for shifting attitudes toward virginity loss and adeptly attending to the intersecting identifications of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality." Choice, Highly recommended

Book News Annotation:

Carpenter (sociology, Vanderbilt U.) bases her study on interviews carried out in 1997-8 of 61 adults between 18-35 who are both straight and gay. Following a discussion of American attitudes towards virginity loss, Carpenter analyzes the stories told by those she interviewed, frequently quoting her subjects. The result is a cross-section of attitudes towards sex and abstinence, with a consideration of the effect expectations and social mores have on sexual experience. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Nervous, inexperienced, confused. For most, losing your virginity is one of life's most significant moments, always to be remembered. Of course, experiences vary, but Laura Carpenter asks: Is there an ideal way to lose it? What would constitute a “positive” experience? What often compels the big step? And, further, what does “going all the way” really mean for young gays and lesbians?

In this first comprehensive study of virginity loss, Carpenter teases out the complexities of all things virgin by drawing on interviews with both young men and women who are straight, gay or bisexual. Virginity Lost offers a rare window into one of life's most intimate and significant sexual moments. The stories here are frank, poignant and fascinating as Carpenter presents an array of experiences that run the gamut from triumphant to devastating.

Importantly, Carpenter argues that one's experience of virginity loss can have a powerful impact on one's later sexual experiences. Especially at a time of increased debate about sexual abstinence versus safe sex education in public schools, this important volume will provide essential information about the sex lives of young people.

Synopsis:

Many rivers run through Nancy Schoenberger's third collection of poems, Long Like a River. From the Clark Fork ("its full house of trout the dream of a summer noon"), to the Mississippi ("long as its Indian name"), to the Amazon and Napo Rivers, these poems explore the poet's Deep South roots, plumbing memory and desire and paying homage along the way to Theodore Roethke and George Seferis.

About the Author

Laura Carpenter is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780814716533
Editor:
Carpenter, Laura M.
Publisher:
New York University Press
Editor:
Carpenter, Laura M.
Author:
Carpenter, Laura M.
Author:
Schoenberger, Nancy
Author:
Carpenter, Laura
Location:
New York
Subject:
Sexuality
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Sex
Subject:
Sexual behavior surveys
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Sexual behavior surveys -- United States.
Subject:
First sexual experiences - United States
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
General Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
295
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 295 pages New York University Press - English 9780814716533 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Well written and engaging, Virginity Lost is an extremely valuable contribution, giving us in depth and moving descriptions of how first sexual experiences changed men's and women's lives and capturing interesting comparisons of both heterosexual and homosexual relationships and encounters. Laura Carpenter assumes nothing, and therefore, learns a great deal. Reading this book has changed the way I look at first intercourse. I am in the author's debt, as is, I believe, the entire field of sexology."
"Review" by , "A provocative book. Carpenter's extensive in-depth research shows that the meaning of virginity loss differs by gender and by sexual orientation. For the details, read this excellent book!"
"Review" by , "Laura Carpenter has added hugely to our impoverished understanding of how young people manage the transition from virginity. Her lively and graceful account of virginity loss enriches our knowledge of sexual development."
"Review" by , "I've read many books in the field of sexuality, and I must say that this is one of the best I've come across. . . . A joy to read."
"Review" by , "This is a great book. It is well researched, grounded in compelling personal stories from 61 diverse young Americans, and accessibly written...Carpenter nicely grounds her analysis in sociocultural context, considering wider social reasons for shifting attitudes toward virginity loss and adeptly attending to the intersecting identifications of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality."
"Synopsis" by , Nervous, inexperienced, confused. For most, losing your virginity is one of life's most significant moments, always to be remembered. Of course, experiences vary, but Laura Carpenter asks: Is there an ideal way to lose it? What would constitute a “positive” experience? What often compels the big step? And, further, what does “going all the way” really mean for young gays and lesbians?

In this first comprehensive study of virginity loss, Carpenter teases out the complexities of all things virgin by drawing on interviews with both young men and women who are straight, gay or bisexual. Virginity Lost offers a rare window into one of life's most intimate and significant sexual moments. The stories here are frank, poignant and fascinating as Carpenter presents an array of experiences that run the gamut from triumphant to devastating.

Importantly, Carpenter argues that one's experience of virginity loss can have a powerful impact on one's later sexual experiences. Especially at a time of increased debate about sexual abstinence versus safe sex education in public schools, this important volume will provide essential information about the sex lives of young people.

"Synopsis" by , Many rivers run through Nancy Schoenberger's third collection of poems, Long Like a River. From the Clark Fork ("its full house of trout the dream of a summer noon"), to the Mississippi ("long as its Indian name"), to the Amazon and Napo Rivers, these poems explore the poet's Deep South roots, plumbing memory and desire and paying homage along the way to Theodore Roethke and George Seferis.
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