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Old 17 December 2009, 03:25 PM
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Are you saying hymens don't exist?
No, I'm stating that they are not the structure that people seem to think they are.
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Old 17 December 2009, 03:31 PM
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No, I'm stating that they are not the structure that people seem to think they are.
Are they not a membrane? Yes, it can be broken by typical sports that girls play today. Thus why it isn't held in very high regard in the West. However, other cultures take a broken membrane as a sign that a woman is no longer a virgin. That the membrane can't really tell you that isn't really the issue here. Some cultures believe this.
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Old 17 December 2009, 04:08 PM
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Are they not a membrane?
No, they are not, at least not if you think of something like a drumskin blocking the passage, which would be considered a congenital deformity. Typically it's just a fold of mucous membrane forming a ring around the wall of the vagina.
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Old 17 December 2009, 04:40 PM
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I'm against tampon use (for myself only) for other reasons entirely. This thread is funny.
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Old 17 December 2009, 04:52 PM
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No, they are not, at least not if you think of something like a drumskin blocking the passage, which would be considered a congenital deformity. Typically it's just a fold of mucous membrane forming a ring around the wall of the vagina.
I'm curious as to why you think anyone in this thread thinks differently? We were talking about what the uninformed think of the hymen. I, and I'm guessing most people here, were already aware of what the hymen was. We aren't really discussing what we know it is but what other people think it is.
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Old 17 December 2009, 07:44 PM
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I'm curious as to why you think anyone in this thread thinks differently? We were talking about what the uninformed think of the hymen. I, and I'm guessing most people here, were already aware of what the hymen was. We aren't really discussing what we know it is but what other people think it is.
FWIW, I still am not entirely sure. I know it isn't a complete seal, like the eardrum, but I really don't know the geometry of it. Up until quite recently, I thought it was a complete seal: ignorance is a very persistent quality in people, even educated ones.

(I suppose there are probably photos on the internet...)

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Old 17 December 2009, 07:58 PM
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FWIW, I still am not entirely sure. I know it isn't a complete seal, like the eardrum, but I really don't know the geometry of it. Up until quite recently, I thought it was a complete seal: ignorance is a very persistent quality in people, even educated ones.

(I suppose there are probably photos on the internet...)

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That could be misleading. Not all hymens are made equally.
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Old 17 December 2009, 08:03 PM
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That could be misleading. Not all hymens are made equally.
I really, really wouldn't suggest googling for it either. There are some really disturbing images out there involving the word "hymen".
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