1. Shary considers a few exceptions, but concludes that virginity was a non-issue in films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977), Grease (1978), Halloween (1978), and The Wanderers (1979). [return to page 1 of essay]

2. Shary identifies films with negative frameworks toward youth sex such as The Virgin Suicides (2000), Cherry Falls (2000), Thirteen (2003), Saved! (2004), The Door in the Floor (2004),and The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005).

3. Coming Soon also attends to female orgasm (Shary).

4. While a few of the essays consider international films, the anthology is focused on U.S. films and seems to make U.S. film culture its target topic. 

Works cited

Bernau, Anke. Virgins: A Cultural History. London: Granta, 2007.

Blank, Hanne. Virgin: The Untouched History. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007.

Jeffers McDonald, Tamar, ed. Virgin Territory: Representing Sexual Inexperience in Film. Detroit: Wayne State UP, 2010.

To topPrint versionJC 53 Jump Cut home

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License.