broken in defloration
" simply does not exist, and, aside from cases
1998, 270-272) discusses the "harshness" of the agricultural imagery as a metaphor for defloration
, arguing that the violence of the metaphor should not be "glossed over or effaced through euphemism" (1993, 143; cf.
The external genitalia were normal but the hymen was still intact with no evidence of defloration
. Upon further inquiry on the nature of the "normal sexual intercourse", the man indicated he had been having coitus inter-femora.
Indeed, she is always only a "bride," never a wife or partner; she can never move beyond the position of anticipated defloration
into a stable and secure identity.
(3) In another case, documented in detail by Barahona, Mari Sanz de Millica (1634-36) charged Diego de Irusta, a wealthy local politician, with the crime of defloration
. Although her lawsuit was ultimately settled (for much less than she had originally requested), she was told that she, too, should have known better and "that it was absurd for persons of their status to seek promise of matrimony from a man of Irusta's condition ('que hera disparate pretender palabra de matrimonio jente de su calidad con la de don Diego')" (Barahona 89).
It is therefore unsurprising that the first of ten questions Thomas Aquinas asked the devil was: "Do demons have bodies joined to them by nature?" (22) The female fear of defloration
by the devil is also often attested.
due to her recent scandalous initiative to set up a party advocating for 'defloration
' of Armenian girls above 26.
Rachel Gear argues that "the vagina, in particular, is identified as monstrous mainly because it bleeds, and therefore messes up the boundary between inside and outside a woman's body."(90) The fear of the blood that issues forth from the woman's vagina can be seen in the case of societies described by Jorg Wettlaufer, in which the defloration
of the woman was done by another, whether they be low-status slaves who were paid to take the risk or high ranking individuals such as priests who were more likely to withstand the power of the vagina: "Very often this defloration
ritual was connected to superstition and fear of hymeneal blood."(91) Yet where there is fear, there can also be reverence..
The task of the writers of Women's Liberation was to follow the example of Sylvia Plath, 'brutal probing of the forbidden territory of intimate experiences of the female: defloration
, menstruation and childbirth'.
(84) Matrimony alone sacralized a woman's defloration