Virginity is a tricky concept. As a culture we've explored it in our films, TV shows,books and classrooms, but we still don't have a clear-cut definition of what it entails or why it's important.
To get more answers to those questions, we asked our female readers to send us their virginity stories -- the good, the bad, the simply "meh." We received submissions from women in their teens through their 50s, within the country and abroad. And even though everyone had a story about their "first time," each of those stories is very different. The diversity of experiences shared with us further underscores the fact that a person's first time can mean a lot of different things. We might be better off if we stopped putting so much emphasis on it.
"He was married, 30 years older than me"
"It didn't hurt at all, but it wasn't good"
"I lost my virginity on a trampoline"
"We are still in love"
"He just friend requested me on Facebook"
"After we did it, we got out of the car and both went our separate ways"
"Most unromantic night imaginable"
"I asked what no man ever wants to hear: 'Is it in?'"
"I was squeezing my eyes so tight that my contact lenses popped out"
"The only thing he didn't know about me was that I was still a virgin"
"I had the big 'O' on the first try"