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Virginity: Caucasus
(516 words)

The tradition of demanding virginity and chastity for women is fundamental to the sexual double standard in the Caucasus. Men have complete sexual freedom, while women are subjected to strict restraints on their sexuality and sexual behavior. The society requires women to preserve and transmit the culture and the culture's genetic pool. From their very birth, society controls their sexuality, manner of dressing, behavior, attitudes, and relationships (Karpov 2001).

Despite this fact, the period before she marries (while she is still a virgin) is the most free for…

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Zurikashvili, Feride, “Virginity: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0209c>
First published online: 2009



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