Out and proud 38-year-old virgin has published online a “certificate of virginity” which she apparently got from a hospital.
A 38-year-old single woman has created a firestorm of controversy on the internet after setting up a “virginity website” to get young people to abstain from sex before marriage. Saladin Xu of Shanghai Daily writes:
The woman, Tu Shiyou, a Hubei Province freelancer who calls herself “Virgin Goddess” online, spent 1,000 yuan (US$158) to set up her “virginity website” because she believed that “some young people’s sexual attitudes are distorted.”
On the website, Tu published articles, some written by her to “share her experience of successfully keeping virginity for such a long time.”
Some articles are published to teach readers the difference between virgins and non-virgins, some to advocate virginity and combat premarital sex, she said.
As some of her readers doubted whether she is a virgin herself, Tu even uploaded photos of medical reports on the website that she said prove her virginity. She also said she has a master’s degree from Wuhan University, one of China’s lead universities based in the provincial capital of Wuhan.
“I have set up the website because I am quite successful in keeping my virginity for the past 38 years,” Tu told Shanghai Daily. “But many young people have failed to do so. I saw them on the TV news or websites that some are living tragic lives because they don’t treasure their virginity.”
She said she wanted to show young people that, as a “decent-looking” woman, it has not been hard for her to keep virginity and that she is living a “joyful and shiny” life without sex.
The website, which had only about 30 visitors per day after it was set up last November, was instantly swarmed by so many netizens after the address was published on the popular microblog Weibo.com that its server broke down.
A heated online discussion followed over the website and the topic of virginity. A poll started on Weibo.com with 3,700-plus participants shows 57 percent support the woman and her website for her opinion against premarital sex.
In response to comparisons made by netizens between her and online celebrity Sister Feng, Tu said, “I really can’t understand this.I’m encouraging young people not to engage in sexual behaviour before marriage. This should be a positive thing.”
“Besides, I’m not out to be famous. I just want to live my life,” she added.
And to her detractors who say she’s a “born-again virgin” with the help of artificial hymens, Tu says, “I’ve thought of all that, and that’s why I came to one of the more reputable hospitals. If there are still more doubters out there, I will find an even more authoritative institution. I just wanted to be able to prove I have abstained from sex all my life and promote these values in society. There’s really no need to fake such a thing.”
In 2010, controversy broke out when right-wing US Christian group Focus on the Family was reported to have brought its “pro-family”, “abstinence education” programme to Yunnan province.