Sunday, November 1, 2009
Fake Hymens For Non-Virginal Women
As a physician, I see a lot of strange things and meet lots of interesting people. I guess I shouldn't be surprised when the oppression of women in many countries across the globe has created a market for fake hymens for non-virginal women. Since virginity is valued above all else in many religions, it was only a matter of time when the artificial hymen would be manufactured and sold. Now with the internet, fathers and mothers in Sudan and Egypt and anywhere else, can order online for their little bride.
For $15-$29.00, a family can obtain a Chinese-made artificial hymen that might (?) fool a groom or at least the groom's family. The "hymen" is a 5X7cm folded piece of albumen covered on one side by dark red ink. Place in the vagina before sex, the plastic hardens slightly and rips upon intercourse. Voila! A few drops of "blood" and everyone is happy.
Why would a product like this be in demand? In Muslim countries a girl who is not a virgin will have hell to play after the wedding. Her husband can divorce her or the family can keep the dowry and disown her. It is such hypocrisy that 50% of the population can be discriminated against. There is no such obsession with the man's virginity.
The whole issue of a woman's virginity is a carry over from ancient times and religious texts. "Then the wedding night sheets were hung over the balconies in the morning, to let the rest of the world know how virginal the bride was, altho rumours of sheep's blood and substitutions have been heard." A visitor to Rome in the mid-20th century remarked on how virginity could be faked.
The "fake hymen" is just a modern day version of ancient misogyny. It goes along with the horrendous practice of marrying off pubescent girls to older men who want "virgins". I guess there is more success in finding a 12 year old virgin. Sick, sick, sick.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 3:18 PM