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20-Year-Old Is Selling Her Virginity for $400K, 'Love'

'Love' of her family; Katherine Stone wants to rebuild burned-out family home with proceeds

(Newser) - The reasons for losing one's virginity are as old and as myriad as humanity itself, but they usually have to do with being addled by some combination of love, lust, alcohol, or the vague desire to spread your DNA around the planet. Gentle reader, meet 20-year-old Katherine Stone of... More »

Genes Help Predict When We Lose Our Virginity

Scientists exploring a possible link between onset of puberty and sexual activity

(Newser) - Sure, people become sexually active under countless circumstances for countless reasons and at many different ages, but at least part of the timing appears to come down to our genes, Cambridge University researchers report in the journal Nature . Studying the genes and life histories of nearly 400,000 people, they... More »

Now in South Africa: Scholarships for Virgins

16 girls pledge to 'be pure and focus on school'

(Newser) - A South African mayor has awarded college scholarships to 16 young women for remaining virgins to encourage others to be "pure and focus on school," her rep said Sunday. Each year the mayor's office awards scholarships to more than 100 promising high school and university students in... More »

6 Celebs Who Waited for Marriage

...or at least said they were going to

(Newser) - Need a celebrity role model for your kids? The Stir rounds up 15 stars who stayed virgins until marriage—or at least for a long time:
  • Jessica Simpson: She famously vowed to remain a virgin until marriage, and did—the first time around. The second time around, not so much
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Man Ordered to Pay $5K for Taking Woman's Virginity

China court rules in favor of Chen

(Newser) - A Chinese woman's virginity is worth $5,000, at least in this instance. A woman referred to only by her surname Chen was awarded that amount yesterday by a Chinese court after she sued a man she was dating (and later learned was married) for "violating her right... More »

After the Virginity Pledge: Really Conflicted Husbands

Sociologist explores aftermath of virginity pledges

(Newser) - When men who take virginity pledges are taught that sex before marriage is beastly and wrong but sex after marriage is a gift from God, these very disparate messages can lead to problems down the road. So reports a sociologist who since 2008 has been studying 15 men in a... More »

Singer: I'll Give Up Virginity for Kidnapped Girls

Nigerian pop star Adokiye makes unusual Adokiye

(Newser) - It might be a crass grab for publicity or a defiant taunt to Boko Haram, or maybe something in between: A Nigerian pop star says she will give up her virginity to the militants if they release the girls they kidnapped , reports Global Post . The 23-year-old Adokiye tells Nigeria's... More »

1 in 200 Women Say They've Had a 'Virgin Pregnancy'

Of course, some are skeptical

(Newser) - An unbelievable-sounding new study finds that one in 200 young American women claims to have experienced a virgin pregnancy, à la the Virgin Mary. The US researchers looked into a long-term, confidential study about reproductive health, and found that 45 of the 7,870 women involved said they had become... More »

Chinese Hospital's Request: Female Virgins' Blood

Researchers face backlash ahead of HPV study

(Newser) - A Chinese cancer hospital has sparked anger with a call for blood donations—specifically from 100 female virgins ages 18 to 24. The Peking University Cancer Hospital says it's planning a study on HPV and that virgins are less likely to have the virus. "It's in line... More »

Auction Sells Brazilian's Virginity for ... $780K

Male virgin fetches only $3K in same event

(Newser) - An Australian filmmaker's stunt to make a documentary about virginity—and the losing of it—seems to have worked in a big way: An anonymous Japanese man won an online auction with a bid of $780,000 to be 20-year-old Brazilian Catarina Migliorini's first lover, reports the Huffington... More »

Mom Offers to Sell Daughter's Virginity for $10K

Boyfriend turns Felicia Rae McClure in as she arranges deal for 13-year-old girl

(Newser) - A Salt Lake City mom has been arrested after investigators say she offered her 13-year-old daughter's virginity to a man for $10,000. Felicia Rae McClure was turned in by her boyfriend, who noticed a series of troubling texts about the pending transaction on her cellphone, say cops. McClure,... More »

Files Reveal 'Virginity Tests' on Immigrants in UK in '70s

Procedure checked out wanna-be brides from South Asia

(Newser) - The British government is being called on to apologize to South Asian women who were ordered to undergo "virginity tests" by immigration officials. At least 80 women from India and Pakistan attempting to emigrate to Britain to marry were examined by immigration docs in the late 1970s to “... More »

In College, More Virgins, —and More Casual Sex

Studies find less commitment all the way around

(Newser) - The college life is getting more chaste—and more randy—at the same time, according to recent studies. A Stanford sociologist who surveyed a whopping 17,000 college students since 2005 found that a hefty 24% of seniors said they were virgins. That's a percentage on the rise, reports USA ... More »

How You Get to Be One of Gadhafi's Virgin Bodyguards

No sex, tough training

(Newser) - When it comes to protecting himself against allied attacks, Moammar Gadhafi is somewhat prepared. After all, he's spent decades grooming a highly skilled—and highly sexy—group of bodyguards. AOL News takes a look at the 40-or-so gun-toting virgins who surround him, decked out in camouflage, high heels, and designer... More »

Egypt Detainees: They Gave Us 'Virginity Tests'

Amnesty International calls on government to investigate women's claims

(Newser) - A group of female protesters detained by Egyptian soldiers say they were beaten, stripped, given electric shocks, and humiliated with so-called "virginity tests" while male soldiers were allowed to watch and take photos, reports AOL News . The women complained to Amnesty International, which found the allegations credible and demanded... More »

Virginity Makes a Comeback

More young people postponing first encounter: study

(Newser) - A new federal study suggests more young men and women are remaining virgins longer. In the 15-24 age group, 27% of men and 29% of women say they've never had a sexual encounter of any kind, reports MSNBC . That's up from 22% for both groups from the last study in... More »

Male 'Virginity Test' Helps Free 3 in Rape Case

Ears never lie, says Vietnamese acupuncturist

(Newser) - Men who have small red spots on the back of their ears are invariably virgins, according to celebrity Vietnamese acupuncturist Pham Thi Hong. Hong fought to free three convicted rapists from prison after she discovered that the men had the spots, the AP reports. Hong's determination to have the case... More »

Sin City's Latest: Virginity-Auction Reality Show

Australia threatened producer with prostitution charges

(Newser) - If you're going to round up a bunch of sexual novices, auction off their virginity, and make a reality show out of the stunt, you might as well do it in Las Vegas. At least, that's what the would-be producer of said show quickly decided after Australia threatened prostitution charges... More »

Health Law Slips in $250M for Abstinence-Only Education

Critics charge approach is ineffective, dangerous

(Newser) - Obama's health care reform includes $250 million for abstinence-only sexual education. To receive the funding, programs must teach that abstinence from sexual activity is "the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems." They must also tell young people that pre-marital... More »

Student Sells Virginity Online for $30K

New Zealand 'Unigirl' Gives It Up as Long as It's 'Safe'

(Newser) - A poverty-stricken New Zealand college student has apparently sold her virginity online to a stranger for $30,000. It's continuing a trend begun last year by Natalie Dylan, a Yank who reportedly received bids in the millions when she auctioned off her virginity online to fund her master's degree. "... More »

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