7TH CENTURY B.C.
THE VESTAL VIRGINS
These ancient Roman priestesses have to keep their hymens intact until age 30 or be buried alive. Riding horses falls out of favor around the temple.
The Virgin Mary gives birth to Jesus, and a religion, allowing a Florida woman in 2004 to sell a grilled cheese with Mary's image on it for $28,000.
THE WORD "VIRGIN"
Enters the English vernacular and applies only to women — a handy new metric for maidenhood!
Despite royal romps with the Earl of Leicester and others, Elizabeth gets tagged the Virgin Queen.
Tatum O'Neal and Kristy McNichol are jailbait battling to see who can lose it first.
BEVERLY HILLS, 90210
Nighttime soap debuts in which Tori Spelling teaches viewers that virginity is cool, especially if your boyfriend is Brian Austin Green.
At 31, tells Howard Stern that he's never been laid; says of oral sex, "That's not a place for a young woman's face to be."
Having promised her creepy dad she'd stay a virgin until marriage, weds Nick Lachey, ending 22 years of foreplay.
Drops her virgin act and cops to sleeping with JT two years into their relationship. (We were shocked. Shocked!)
The goofy sideman turns box-office stud, thanks to the weirdly charming The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the demand for hymenoplasty, aka revirgination, is booming.
The American Idol proudly declares her intent to wait until marriage to have sex. (Cue snort from Paula Abdul.)