Artificial hymen

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An artificial hymen is a type of prosthetic created for the purpose of simulating an intact human hymen, usually to fake virginity.[1][2]


Artificial hymens are made of a material which, when properly inserted, adhere to the inside of the vagina, temporarily giving the appearance of an intact hymen and releasing a red liquid that looks like blood when subjected to pressure.[3]


There are various opinions on artificial hymen treatments and related hymen reconstruction surgeries. These arguments may range from the perspectives and experiences of medical professionals performing the procedures to the women who are directly involved in seeking them out. These outlooks are founded on discussing what the role of the prosthetic is on society's adherence to the concept of virginity, specifically the virginity of women. In addition to medical professionals arguing against these procedures, there have also been feminist writers and other individuals who have argued against the use of artificial hymen for differing reasons. Alternatively, there are other accounts from feminist writers and different women who argue for the existence of these procedures for various reasons.[citation needed]

The majority of the retaliation for artificial hymen stems from different individuals finding it either oppressive to women or deceitful towards others. Many scholars find the artificial hymen and related procedures to be degrading of women. They specifically argue that these procedures act in parallel with other forms of patriarchal control over women's bodies.[4][5] The medical community has also established how it is typical for many women to not bleed during their first intercourse,[6][7] and that hymen restoration procedures further glorify the existence of a hymen alongside patriarchal ideals surrounding female virginity.[8] In continuation, other scholars argue that by obtaining these procedures women are giving up bodily autonomy and complying with societal expectations of the concept of virginity. Alternatively, more conservative-leaning individuals argue that these procedures should be banned because they are morally wrong and deceitful towards others. More specifically, Egyptian lawmakers have argued for the banning of artificial hymen products because they believed they encouraged women to participate in pre-marital sex by allowing them to fake their virginity, which goes against the standards set in place through their religious beliefs.[9][10] 

The existence of the artificial hymen has also been supported by medical professionals, feminist scholars, and women seeking out the procedures. In overview, these individuals generally argue that these procedures further degrade the patriarchy while providing women with bodily autonomy and a means to cope with trauma. Feminist scholars and professors who have written on this subject have held a controversial opinion in stating that hymen reconstruction procedures exist as a manner for which women could further weaken the control that the patriarchy holds over them. They see the choice to obtain an artificial hymen and related procedures as empowering by allowing women to obtain control over their sexuality.[11] Research on hymen reconstruction focused on interviewing the women obtaining these procedures has further revealed their personal experiences. Some of these studies have highlighted how women that have suffered sexual trauma find these procedures as a form of coping.[12][13]

See also


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  2. ^ "Male orders hymen | Mohamed Al Rahhal". The Guardian. 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  3. ^ Halkon, Ruth (December 17, 2015). "Women buying replacement HYMENS from firm to trick their husbands into thinking they're virgins". Daily Mirror. Retrieved July 3, 2021.
  4. ^ Mernissi, Fatima (1982-01-01). "Virginity and patriarchy". Women's Studies International Forum. Special Issue Women and Islam. 5 (2): 183–191. doi:10.1016/0277-5395(82)90026-7. ISSN 0277-5395.
  5. ^ Saharso, Sawitri (2022-01-03). "Hymen 'repair': Views from feminists, medical professionals and the women involved in the middle east, North Africa and Europe". Ethnicities. 22 (2): 196–214. doi:10.1177/14687968211061582. ISSN 1468-7968. S2CID 245692574.
  6. ^ MCCRAW, R (May 1994). "Evaluation of the sexually abused child: A medical textbook and photographic Atlas Edited by Astrid Heger and S. Jean Emans. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992. 244 pages. $60.00, hardcover". Journal of Nurse-Midwifery. 39 (3): 174–175. doi:10.1016/0091-2182(94)90109-0. ISSN 0091-2182.
  7. ^ Ohshima, Tohru (June 2003). "Jason Payne-James, Anthony Busuttil, William Smock (Eds.) Forensic Medicine: Clinical and Pathological Aspects, First publication, Greenwich Medical Media, 2003, 832 pages, over 500 color, black and white figures and line illustrations, hardcover, ISBN 1-84110-026-9, EUR 135". Legal Medicine. 5 (2): 114. doi:10.1016/s1344-6223(03)00047-6. ISSN 1344-6223.
  8. ^ AYTEMİZ, Pelin (2017-01-11). "Lost and Found Virginity: A Critical Look to the "Reappearing Hymen" in Consumer Culture". Galatasaray Üniversitesi İleti-ş-im Dergisi (23): 97. doi:10.16878/gsuilet.285315. ISSN 1305-2411.
  9. ^ Saletan, William (2009-10-06). "The Beauty of Artificial Virginity". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  10. ^ "Egypt anger over virginity faking". 2009-09-28. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
  11. ^ Ozyegin, Gul (May 2009). "Virginal Facades". European Journal of Women's Studies. 16 (2): 103–123. doi:10.1177/1350506808101761. ISSN 1350-5068. S2CID 144315024.
  12. ^ van Moorst, Bianca R.; van Lunsen, Rik H. W.; van Dijken, Dorenda K. E.; Salvatore, Concetta M. (2012-01-31). "Backgrounds of women applying for hymen reconstruction, the effects of counselling on myths and misunderstandings about virginity, and the results of hymen reconstruction". The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care. 17 (2): 93–105. doi:10.3109/13625187.2011.649866. ISSN 1362-5187. PMID 22292534. S2CID 2652412.
  13. ^ Wild, Verina; Poulin, Hinda; McDougall, Christopher W.; Stöckl, Andrea; Biller-Andorno, Nikola (2018-10-03), "Hymen reconstruction as pragmatic empowerment?", Body, Migration, Re/Constructive Surgeries, Routledge, pp. 173–191, doi:10.4324/9781351133678-11, ISBN 9781351133678, S2CID 240131891, retrieved 2022-11-29


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