The Adult's Guide to Losing Your Virginity

Not all of us lose our virginities at age 16 in the back of an old Camry. If you’re still a virgin later in life, it can feel like you’re the last person on earth who hasn’t had sex, but you aren’t alone. Whether you’re waiting for your wedding or just haven’t found the right person, here’s what you should know about… » 6/05/15 11:05am 6/05/15 11:05am

An 18-Year-Old Virgin Boards a Night Train to Hamburg

We snuck into an empty sleeper compartment after downing a few beers in the dining car of a night train. His name was Mike, or maybe it was Matt, and we met a couple of hours earlier on the platform of the Duisburg train station. He had dark brown hair and clear blue eyes, and smelled like sweat and weed — the… » 4/21/15 11:50am 4/21/15 11:50am

Shit People Say to Adult Virgins

I had to get my birth control prescription refilled today, which always makes me a little sad and causes some nice anxiety attacks, because the one thing no amount of sex therapy and sexual information can tell me is how to find a sexual partner. (At 38, I am past Late Bloomer and into There's Something So Wrong With… » 7/01/14 3:15pm 7/01/14 3:15pm

Creepy Yet Gorgeous Portraits of Purity-Pledging Daughters and Dads

Photographer David Magnusson is not American, nor is he Christian, nor does he have a daughter who has pledged her virginity to him in one fringe tradition that nearly unanimously squicks mainstream America out. But that didn't stop him from traveling cross country to assemble images of fathers and daughters who have… » 6/06/14 7:00pm 6/06/14 7:00pm

I Shouldn't Need an Excuse to Be a Virgin

A few months ago, my friends went around the table talking about the most bizarre places they've had sex. When was my turn, their jaws dropped at my response. Then someone made a soft, "Awww," — the kind you give a baby after she lets out a burp. It was the first time I admitted to a group of feminists that I was a… » 3/12/14 12:00pm 3/12/14 12:00pm

Chris Brown Didn't 'Lose His Virginity' at Age 8. He Was Raped.

This weekend, Chris Brown told The Guardian that his first sexual experience happened when he was 8 years old, a claim met with doubt from some and horror from others. Brown didn't discuss what happened to him — uh, child rape, and the law is crystal clear about that — as something traumatic or hurtful; instead, he… » 10/08/13 6:00pm 10/08/13 6:00pm

Lena Dunham Wrote to a Sex Advice Columnist About Being a Virgin at 19

Today in endearing moments about celebrities and their sex lives: Lena Dunham #tbted to her fullest and best potential Thursday by revealing the extensive question she sent to TimeOut New York's sex columnist Jamie Bufalino in 2005. Then 19, Dunham wanted to know whether she should tell whatever hypothetical dude she… » 8/22/13 11:00am 8/22/13 11:00am

It Really, Really Doesn't Matter How You Lost Your Virginity

If you didn't lose your virginity on a canopy bed with pink satin sheets, surrounded by rose petals and flickering white candles while Enya crooned in the background, you're fucked (not in a fun way) for the rest of your sexual life, according to a new study which found that "your first time really matters." But… » 1/31/13 11:55am 1/31/13 11:55am

Brazilian Woman's Virginity Sold at Auction for $780,000

So, that virgin auction just ended, and we have a winner. And by winner, we mean enormous loser, because what grown man buys a virgin off the internet? He's obviously not looking for a great sexual experience, and if it's for the novelty of having sex with a woman with an intact hymen, that's iffy seeing as that… » 10/25/12 10:00am 10/25/12 10:00am

It's Official: HPV Vaccine Doesn't Turn Teens Into Whore Monsters

New research today from the Department of Oh My God Why Does This Study Have To Exist — turns out, vaccinating teenage girls against HPV won't cause them to go from innocent children drawing pictures of flowers with crayons to unstoppable slutzillas. Sort of like how wearing seatbelts doesn't cause car accidents, or… » 10/15/12 11:40am 10/15/12 11:40am