"Interestingly enough the word ‘virgin’ is one which was mistranslated and misrepresented by the early Church, enough to make even people today forget that the term had absolutely nothing to do with the hymen. The term ‘virgin’ was first applied to priestesses in the Mediterranean temples, particularly during Rome’s pagan period. The term identified a woman who was a complete entity unto herself, who was not bound by secular law, had no husband, and was free to take all the lovers she chose. She needed nothing else and no one else for completeness. In other words she was said to be ‘intact’ —a virgin."
— Edain McCoy (via gingerbreadwinner)