For many centuries in Western culture, women have been subjected to oppression and the objectivation of their bodies; while men have taken authority and defined what it means to be a virgin in the female perspective. In the patriarchal society, women have been silenced by the power men have over women. By objectifying female virginity, women have taken it among themselves to “romanticize” their own virginity, considering it to be “sacred.” Therefore, because men have objectified female virginity for centuries, women have taken the matter into their own hands, “romanticizing” their own virginity and in result, objectifying themselves.
It is counterintuitive to believe that women, collectively, have objectified their own virginity. For centuries, men have held overall power and jurisdiction in the West. Because of relentless confinement, women desired to hold some type of power over their bodies, therefore “romanticizing” their own virginity. Systemic oppression and objectification lead many women to objectify their own virginity in order to hold any ounce of power over men.