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Sex Amma talks about: The Hype Around The Hymen

Amma knows all you little idlis and dosas are very excited about the idea of sex. Trust me, Amma is too (yes, still)! But with this enthusiasm, comes a responsibility of knowing everything fully before you make your rasam spicy. So Amma is glad to bust your myths about sex and warm up the rasam for a better taste!

Regardless of your gender and your sexual experiences, you have probably spent hours thinking about the majestic hymen. Throw everything you know about hymens out the window, and read on to understand this piece of anatomy in its entirety.

The idea of the hymen breaking, or even existing, is a mere myth constructed by a patriarchal society which worships female virginity and shames female sexuality. The vaginal corona (the medical name of the hymen) serves no physiological purpose and evolves substantially from the time it is formed in a fetus to protect it from germs. By the time a female reaches adolescence, the hymen usually erodes away significantly, as a result of everyday activities during childhood, as well as masturbation and tampon insertion. Some tissue may remain, but this plays no role in any kind of sexual activity.

So, little macchhis, what about the expectations that are thrust upon women about sex? Penetration should not be a painful experience. Misconceptions regarding the hymen – and its rupture – places a burden upon women, making them anticipate and even accept pain as a normal aspect of intercourse. This anxiety kills the taste of an otherwise very delicious dish!

Amma fiercely believes in the need of myths about hymens to be broken, torn, and ripped apart (pun certainly intended)! Be confident, it’s NOT a taboo!

Arushi Pathak is a (over-enthusiastic) senior pursuing Economics Honours from DU. The Associate Editor at DU Beat, she is an avid debater and can’t refrain from expressing her opinion over everything. Somehow obsessed with New York City (and all sitcoms set in NYC), she day-dreams to live there soon. She is a die-hard Grey’s Anatomy fan and can’t have enough of tragedy-themed novels. She believes that she has got the best of both worlds-Economics and Journalism. Always ready for a pep-talk or a life-changing discussion equally readily, she can be contacted at

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