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Virgin Sacrifices in Fantasy Stories Are Stupid |
So I'm sitting here watching Conan The Destroyer, which includes the age-old premise that a virgin will be sacrificed. Personally, I think that's a waste of a perfectly good virgin, but what struck me is the silliness of this. There's no way to know for sure that someone is a virgin unless they're very closely watched. And if you're sacrificing to a god who demands one and you sacrifice a non-virgin by mistake, aren't you asking for trouble? I'd like to see a story where something terrible happens to the god (and then those sacrificing) when that mistake is made. For guys, it's physically impossible to tell they're a virgin, which is probably why girls are the usual victims. The other reasons are likely misogyny and the fact that fantasy readers were mostly male for a long time, meaning the male hero like Conan can rescue the virgin and stop her from being one as his reward. Readers can live vicariously. For girls, the hymen being intact offers proof of virginity, but it's