When you look up the word "virginity" in the dictionary it has a few different definitions:

the state or condition of being pure, fresh, or unused. (Dictionary.com)
The state of never having had sexual intercourse. (Oxford.com)

What women are proud to have and men are ashamed of. (UrbanDictionary.com)

Nisha McKenzie (Grand Rapids OB/GYN & Center for Women's Sexual Health) says if it were her way virginity would be taken out of the dictionary and not because it's not important but because there's too much importance placed on it.

The "dictionary" definition of virgin is almost based around what society has defined it as opposed to what people define as "virgins" for themselves. Each person has their own meaning of the word based on their own personal experiences and what they feel.

Nisha and I discuss all of this in Episode 3 of "Just the Tip Tuesday" including the history of how the term has had a stigma attached with it and translated into today.

This makes for a good segue into next week's topic: How to talk to your kids about sex.

In the meantime, learn about "virginity" beyond the dictionary definition in the video below.