A virginity test is the practice and process of determining whether a person, usually a female, is a virgin ; i. The test typically involves a check for the presence of an intact hymen , on the flawed assumption that it can only be torn as a result of sexual intercourse. Virginity testing is widely considered controversial, both because of its implications for the tested girls and women and because it is viewed as unethical. The process of virginity testing varies by region. In areas where medical doctors are available, the tests would often be given in a doctor's office. Another form of virginity testing involves testing for laxity of vaginal muscles with fingers the "two-finger test". A doctor performs the test by inserting a finger into the female's vagina to check the level of vaginal laxity, which is used to determine if she is "habituated to sexual intercourse".
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Virginity testing ‘sacred’ but not a science
Female virginity is traditionally defined as the state of a woman who has not engaged in penis-vagina sexual intercourse. Female virginity cannot be measured or proven from a physical examination or test. Female virginity is NOT a tangible entity. A hymen is a thin fold or folds of mucous tissue located centimeters inside the vaginal opening that surrounds or may even completely cover the opening. Its color is slightly pink but it can also look whitish. When a girl enters puberty and starts to produce the hormone oestrogen, this can cause the hymen to thicken and increase in width. There is not one type of hymen; they come in many different shapes and forms.
Virginity testing: a systematic review
Senior military and police officers in Indonesia came forward this week to reveal the nation's security forces were still gauging the "morality" of female applicants by imposing "virginity tests" in the hiring process. Human Rights Watch HRW researchers first exposed how widespread the so-called "psychological examinations" for "mental health and morality reasons" were in , but since then the government has failed to take the necessary steps to prohibit the practice. It's a good thing, so why criticise it?
Virginity testing is a controversial practice that aims to determine whether a girl has had sexual intercourse or not. In some cultures, female virginity is highly valued and expected for marriage or employment. Testing may also be conducted in women who are being evaluated for sexual assault. Virginity testing is practiced around the world, particularly in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.