Virgin: The Untouched History Hardcover – 20 Mar 2007
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About the Author
Hanne Blank is a writer, historian, and public speaker whose work has been featured everywhere from OUT to Penthouse. An independent scholar, she has served in faculty positions at several colleges and universities, most recently as the 2004-2005 Scholar of the Institute For Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Maryland.
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9 January 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
If it is about social anthropology, or anything that is informative, an author should not begin by telling she could not find 'too many' resources about the subject matter she writes about from chapter one. Better not to write a book then. 'Virgin: The Untouched History' would not add anything to anyone's knowledge base.
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Amazon.com: 13 reviews
Kindle Version Poorly Edited
17 July 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
5 people found this helpful.
This review is for the Kindle edition specifically. The book itself is great, and very interesting, but it's abundantly clear that the kindle version was run through OCR software without any additional editing or proofreading. At times, the randomly italicised words started to distract me from the text. Why was the word "of" italicized here? Why the first "five"? Was this some kind of elaborate word-scramble to produce a hidden meaning in the text? It wasn't until the chapter comparing "Beverly Hills go210" with "The Rocky Honor Picture Show", however, that the absurdity truly came to light. Perhaps the next book should be about the lost art of proofreading?
Please Consider The Facts
24 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
I recently had an essay to write about the nature of human sexuality. It focused on and how different parts of society seeks to control sexual expression. The essay was for an English class and the nature of virginity was a topic that frequently came up during my research process. Although the essay was written in a part of the world that lives by the motto live and let live; the topic of virginity and what it means to people is a hard topic to find out about without having to wade through propaganda and religious filtering. Blank's endlessly researched and fact filled book will satiate any anthropologist or casual reader's curiosity. The book is a look at what it means to be a virgin throughout history and having the reputation of being one or not being one shaped the people and the society that they lived in. The book never takes a break from it's rumination of history to preach any viewpoint or defend the author's personal, political or religious interests, instead the reader is given objective and easy to read historical accounts from around the world backed up by intelligent evidence that will enlighten every person who reads it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever spent time considering the nature of human sexuality before repeating any propaganda or rumor about a subject that has caused endless controversy that continues to this day.
9 December 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Writer and Historian Hanne Blank provides a comprehensive, thought-provoking and entertaining read about the concept of virginity. Her interdisciplinary approach and analysis provides the reader with a better understanding of the complex social, economic and biological forces that have informed, and continue to inform, our ideas about virginity.
12 February 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
The information in this book is hard to find in other places and is desperately needed. The topics covered in this book are still hot today. Blank starts the conversations that we all want to talk about and makes them much more comfortable and digestible. It's a wonderful read.
Heather A. Winters
A wonderful surprise!
23 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book because I thought the title was interesting. I had never read anything by Hanne Blank before. She is a very incisive and witty writer. I learned much and enjoyed every page. I am going to read more of her writing.