Today we think of a virgin as a person that is sexually inexperienced. Being labelled a virgin is a source of embarrassment and shame in today's culture.
The word virgin however did not always go by this definition. There was a time when virgin was describing a sexually independent woman. Think of the zodiac sign Virgo, symbolized by the Virgin, or Queen Elizabeth, who was called the Virgin Queen; that is the woman they are referring to. Throughout the course of history we have come to think of the Virgin Mary as synonymous with the term. But the word virgin existed before Mary and yet the term was changed with Mary. The Catholic faith wanted whoever birthed Jesus to be the most pure possible, so they claimed that she was a virgin, and that meant she never had sex before. This changed the course of how this term would thus be thought of, and put women in a tight spot, now housed within a culture that put one in the category of prude or whore. Both considered negative, female empowerment was gone with the change in the definition of one small word.
"The word VIRGIN did not originally mean a women whose vagina was untouched by any penis, but a free woman, one not betrothed, not bound to, not possessed by any man. It meant a female who is sexually, and hence socially her own person. In any version of patriarchy, there are no VIRGINS in this sense."
(Willful Virgin, by Marilyn Frye)
Our knowledge of history and about the facts that have shaped our society are what keep us all informed and in charge of how we proceed with the state of the world. Female freedom from male dominance is on the rise in the current state of the world, but it has a long way to go due to the amount of re-educating that needs to be done. Not just on others, but on how we view ourselves. A society that continuously oppresses the female sex is only able to prosper through limited channels. We are seeing that change is necessary and embracing the feminine is needed to balance the aggression and fear currently widespread.
A "wild woman," or a "willful virgin" is free and answers to no one. Do not be afraid of the word that empowers you as a woman. Do not be afraid to be all the woman you can be!
over & out. ANgr