Virginity Re-imagined

  • Abi Doukhan


This chapter develops a sense of self which is indissociable from its intrinsic generosity and responsibility toward the other. This section attempts a commentary on the metaphor of the “vineyard” which, in the Song of Songs, refers to the woman’s sexuality. I show how this metaphor is used in a subversive way in our text so as to describe a novel form of freedom as consisting in being-for the other, but not in a way that is submissive or alienating, rather one that is in tune with the Shulamite’s deepest longings and desires. I conclude with a reflection on virginity as a gift of self rather than as a state of being that can be altered/taken/marred by someone else.

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  • Abi Doukhan
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  1. 1.Queens College, CUNYFlushingUSA

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