Egypt: Fake hymen kit may be banned. Co…

Egypt: Fake hymen kit may be banned.

Conservative Egyptian lawmakers have called for a ban on imports of a Chinese-made kit meant to help women fake their virginity and one scholar has even called for the “exile” of anyone who imports or uses it.

I had been mystified about the mechanics of how this device worked when Muslimah Media Watch first blogged it, but here it is explained:

The Artificial Virginity Hymen kit, distributed by the Chinese company Gigimo, costs about $30. It is intended to help newly married women fool their husbands into believing they are virgins – culturally important in a conservative Middle East where sex before marriage is considered by many to be illicit. The product leaks a blood-like substance when inserted and broken.

So the fake virginity kit is basically a gel cap that leaks fake blood. In the novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” the protagonist fakes virginity by pricking her finger to squeeze out droplets of blood on the sheets after having sex.

I’m curious if there are any other techniques that women use to “fake” virginity? The “blood test” for virginity is an arbitrary and cruel standard because not all women bleed the first time they have sex, and it might be a useful resource to have them listed all in one place.