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Losing It: How We Popped Our Cherry Over the Last 80 Years

Losing It: How We Popped Our Cherry Over the Last 80 Years [Kindle Edition]

Kate Monro
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'A witty and entertaining read' -- Laura M. Carpenter 'Incredibly rich in its insights and observations on human sexuality ... masterful, lovely, and absolutely thrilling' --

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In an increasingly sexualised world, how we lose our virginity remains an untold story. Inspired by her Cosmopolitan award-nominated blog, The Virginity Project, Kate Monro sets out to ask men and women from every walk of life, how did it happen for you? Losing It brings together an astonishing collection of stories.

From the experiences of Edna, who lost her virginity in 1940 aged 25, to Charlie, a young, disabled punk rocker whose first-time experience many able-bodied people would envy, Kate reveals the poignant, funny and often surprising truth about other people’s most intimate sexual stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1B1VDM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Monro was born the daughter of a diplomat on a farm in Yorkshire. An unremarkable education preceded a career that has taken in spells with the rock band Blur, with the publishing mavericks Dazed & Confused, experiential agency Cunning and more recently creative agency RKCR Y&R. Whilst feeling that she had achieved her ambition to work for companies with odd names, it wasn't until she completed a copywriting course, that she discovered a love of words and editing text.

A light bulb moment on a Californian beach followed and as a result, she set out to ask British men and women to reveal their most intimate truth - their virginity loss stories. The response was overwhelming and the result is a groundbreaking and very personal insight into the beating heart of British sexuality.

An enthusiastic and articulate speaker on her subject she has also caught the media's attention via her blog, 'The Virginity Project'. Writing about her unusual journey as she interviews strangers about their sex lives, she is regularly asked to contribute on virginity related issues in the media. As a result, 'The Virginity Project' blog now receives virginity loss stories from all over the world.

'Losing It: How we popped our cherry over the last 80 years' will be Kate Monro's first book. Upon completion, she plans to take herself, a video camera and her interviewing skills to the USA in a bid to meet Americans everywhere and ask them the question, 'So, how did you lose your virginity?'

In October 2011, The First Time became a play at The Tristan Bates Theatre in London's Covent Garden.

Kate also blogs about canine/man related issues at:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Be aware that this book is identical to another by the same author called "The First Time. True Tales of Virginity Lost & Found" , ISBN No. 978-184831240-1.

The tales in the book are very good, each persons story being told well but we thought it was a continuation of the above paperback. It isn't. Just be aware but enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An honest yet heart-warming read 26 Aug 2013
I started reading this book with absolutely no idea what to expect. Obviously, the subject matter is an enticing one. It's something that happens to most of us and I suppose there's that mildly narcissistic thing of 'how does our own experience compare?' It's also - let's be honest here, a potentially titillating hot topic. What I didn't expect was the vast (and commendable) amount of research Ms Monro has put into the book. There are some really interesting pieces of social history, yet the tone is chatty, never preachy or showy-offy. What is perhaps most impressive about Losing It is the genuine warmth Ms Monro has for her interviewees, who manage to fascinate throughout without ever being exploited. The book also poses the question 'what is losing your virginity?' If you thought you knew, this book might change your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written. Sad, funny and fascinating. 4 April 2013
This fascinating book on a rarely talked about subject makes interesting and occasionally jaw dropping reading. It is also funny and sad. Gave it to several friends last Christmas and they all loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars bit funny! 12 Aug 2014
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Hadnt read it all yet, so far, bit funny!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly sentimental 9 May 2014
By Angela Panetta - Published on
Kate Monro’s book may be billed as “this is how I lost my virginity” but don’t let the title dissuade you. It’s much more than that. A collection of stories and interviews from people of all ages, generations, backgrounds and sexualities, LOSING IT is a peek at the reality behind first times and what “first time” can actually mean. Many stories highlight the fact that many people don’t consider the first act of penetration to be the moment they lost their virginity. Most contributors felt that they’d lost an innocence prior to or even after the fact, sometimes years later, that had a more significant impact on them.

This isn’t about the physical act of sex. It’s about the emotions, the era, and the context that led to and surround the physical act. It’s filled with deeply poignant accounts of of love, lust, hormones, societal pressure, and what effects, if any, the loss of your virginity may have on the rest of your sex life as you grow up and grow older.

It’s not erotica. It’s not a book that tries to sway the reader one way or the other. It’s an honest look at sex through the years and how our attitudes have been shaped by time, knowledge, and feminism.

I think it’s an important read for anyone that feels their bad first time was an anomaly. It wasn’t. Sex is always awkward, uncomfortable and sometimes really painful the first few times around.I’m torn between wanting every young person to read this book and thinking that they wouldn’t be mature enough to handle what it is that is really being said between the pages.

As someone who loves figuring out what makes people tick, I found this to be a great peek behind the proverbial curtain into an area of life that few people ever speak candidly about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody's different 11 May 2014
By Vikash Shah - Published on
This book contains a unique and surprising collection of stories from a wide range of people that shows, with a focus on virginity loss, how childhood, upbringing and early life experiences can have the most profound effect on how we relate in such differing ways to the same basic needs and instincts that we all have as human beings.

The author does a sterling job of collating these stories with a thoughtful and sensitive narrative that brings much-needed continuity and context to a very varied set of intimate, personal accounts.

Whatever your level of sexual experience, whatever physical or emotional barriers you face, you are guaranteed to find something in this book that will strike a chord and leave you with something to reflect on.
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