Fanny, who immediately upon defloration
surrenders "to Charles the whole charge of my future happiness" (50), is a perfect find for Charles and is hardly an encouragement for him to alter his attitudes.
Gilbert describes those experiences with the delightful phrase "gastronomic defloration
Alexander breaks with this tradition by equating Eilonwy's surrender of magic blood to her defloration
in the marriage-bed and granting her absolute power over the situation.
Indeed, she is always only a "bride," never a wife or partner; she can never move beyond the position of anticipated defloration
into a stable and secure identity.
Not only our wives and daughters, but also yours will in libidinous manner be prosecuted by our slaves with rape and defloration
, and when, after all this out of the pit of murdered citizens a Saint Domingo has risen, then may God grant that we be no more amongst the living, but then you yourselves will be compelled by the slaves who fought themselves free to carry the bones of your wife and your child to make a monument of their freedom obtained by fire and murder.
90) The fear of the blood that issues forth from the woman's vagina can be seen in the case of societies described by Jorg Wettlaufer, in which the defloration
of the woman was done by another, whether they be low-status slaves who were paid to take the risk or high ranking individuals such as priests who were more likely to withstand the power of the vagina: "Very often this defloration
ritual was connected to superstition and fear of hymeneal blood.
women in general, particularly their sex organs, sexual intercourse with them, defloration
, menstruation, and pregnancy (pp.
The task of the writers of Women's Liberation was to follow the example of Sylvia Plath, 'brutal probing of the forbidden territory of intimate experiences of the female: defloration
, menstruation and childbirth'.
rape of a young girl--her defloration
and ruin--is impossible.
Julie Peakman notes of such scenes that "The violent scenes of defloration
were to some extent a reaction to this undisciplined female sexuality, in that men were in control of women's initiation to sexual intercourse" (65).