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Like a virgin?: Hymen restoration operations in contemporary China

Steinmüller, Hans ORCID: 0000-0002-5921-421X and Tan, Tongxue (2015) Like a virgin?: Hymen restoration operations in contemporary China. Anthropology Today, 31 (2). pp. 15-18. ISSN 0268-540X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-8322.12165


In this article, the authors use the example of hymen repair surgeries to discuss the reconfigurations of patriarchal practices in the People's Republic of China. Following a brief overview of concepts of virginity and the importance of the hymen in China, they describe the spread of hymen restorations in the reform era. These surgeries link up traditionalist and ‘patriarchal’ practices and relationships with particular expressions of sexual liberalism in contemporary China.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Royal Anthropological Institute
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2015 14:10
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:31

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