This week Harvard University held the Rethinking Virginity conference, and panelists explored many facets of this nuanced term we toss about so easily — virginity. It included the science behind it, cultural views throughout history, and its controversies.
But maybe the biggest mystery is what is virginity, exactly? Does being a virgin mean only abstaining from traditional, hetero intercourse? Can you be a same-sex "virgin" if you've only had sex with the other gender? Do oral and anal "count"? What many of the speakers and attendees seemed to take away was that it has a different meaning for everyone. But what do you think?