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DEFLORATION. The act by which a woman is deprived of her virginity.
     2. When this is done unlawfully, and against her will, it bears the name of rape, (q.v.) when she consents, it is fornication. (q.v.)

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The intention would be to sensitise diverse cultural societies of Zimbabwe to work towards addressing cultural issues related to gender socialisation, myths, taboos and beliefs, loss of virginity and sterility, PES attire and other gender stereotypes that restrict and disadvantage tertiary female students from participating in PES.
But state prosecutors said they were not against allowing the split if it were possible to replace the "discriminatory motive" of loss of virginity with a more general one, such as mistaken identity.
This is the 1980s' Sheffield of Blank's upbringing and the leading characters are a couple of teenage girls dizzy with the exploding hormones of their age group and looking for kicks and the womanhood that comes with the loss of virginity.
Girls portrayed by Lauren McKinney and Taylor Momsen come across with particular credibility, although a (notably ungraphic) loss of virginity scene must certainly be unparalleled in screen history for its lack of impact on one of the participants.
One hundred fifty-five undergraduate students completed five questionnaires, three of which asked them to indicate whether they would consider a list of hypothetical behaviours as involving having sex, sexual partner, and a loss of virginity, and one of which asked them to indicate whether they had engaged in a list of parallel sexual behaviours with a member of the opposite or same sex.
Posthumus's knowledge of an unusual mark on Imogen's breast, while not confirming her loss of virginity, shows some degree of physical intimacy between them; and the need to emphasize the rarity of that knowledge may somehow explain, given the decolletage of some Elizabethan gowns, Iachimo's--that is, Shakespeare's--repositioning of the mole "[o]n her left breast," which he says when he sees it, to "under her breast," which he tells Posthumus.