Planned Parenthood sex-ed video suggests virginity 'isn't a real thing'

A sex ed video published by Planned Parenthood insists that virginity is a 'completely made-up concept.'
A sex ed video published by Planned Parenthood insists that virginity is a "completely made-up concept." | Screenshot: YouTube/Planned Parenthood

Warning: This article includes comments that are graphic in nature and not suitable for young readers.

A sex education video published by the largest abortion provider in the United States suggests that virginity “isn’t a real thing” and that the idea of sex is entirely subjective. 

Planned Parenthood is being criticized for a series of sex education videos it published on social media last week. In one video posted on YouTube, the host declares that “virginity is a completely made-up concept” and “a term that was created simply to control and shame people, mainly women.”

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While the video highlighted the traditional definition of a virgin as “someone who’s never had sex,” the host insisted that “it’s not as simple as it seems.” According to the host, “for one thing, medically, virginity isn’t a real thing.” 

“In some cultures, people place a lot of importance on the hymen: a thin, fleshy tissue located at the opening of your vagina, as a marker of virginity,” she asserted.

“The status of your hymen doesn’t actually mean anything. That’s because having penis and vagina sex is not the only way a hymen can stretch open. It can happen by putting something in your vagina like a tampon or a finger, riding a bike or doing sports. So you can’t tell if someone’s had sex by the way their hymen looks or feels.”

After reiterating the belief that “the idea of virginity is complete nonsense,” the host insisted that “sex means different things to different people.”

Lamenting that “society tends to define sex in a very narrow way” by focusing on traditional sexual intercourse between a man and a woman understood as “penis into vagina” sex, she asked: “Where does that definition leave queer people or folks who can’t or don’t have penis and vagina sex and choose to have oral, anal or another type of sex instead?” 

“It’s time to throw away the notion of losing your virginity,” the host asserted. “What if instead of losing something, we reframe it as gaining? Because the truth is, when we make our own decision to become sexually active, we aren’t setting ourselves up to lose anything at all. We hope we are gaining things like intimacy, self-insight, pleasure and empowerment.”

The video also suggested that the idea of sex is completely subjective, with the host proclaiming “sex is defined by one thing and one thing only: you.” She listed anal sex, experiencing an orgasm for the first time and masturbation as examples of other activities that constitute “sex.” 

Conservative political commentator and “Relatable” podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey reacted to the video in an X post Friday by explaining, “One fun thing progressives like to do is pretend that concrete ideas — like sex and virginity, male and female — are abstract and flexible.”

She identified this effort as part of a plan to “trivialize sex” in order to make children “think that sex is no bigger deal than making out so they’ll be more likely to do it” and “think virginity isn’t real so they’ll never try and protect it.”

“And you know what they really want?” she followed up. “They want kids to be sexualized at an early age so that they’ll be more likely to be both sexually confused and sexually promiscuous, because people in both these categories a) make Planned Parenthood the big bucks and b) join the ranks of progressive activism.”

Stuckey’s assertion points to Planned Parenthood's elective abortion services and its selling of cross-sex hormones to youth who express gender confusion. 

In addition to the video discussing virginity, Planned Parenthood released two additional videos as well as versions of all three videos in Spanish. All three of the English videos took place in a classroom setting, where a sign reading “virginity is a myth” was displayed on the chalk board. One of the videos offered a checklist for people to follow to determine whether they are “ready to have sex,” which plugged birth control and included a list of common sexual activities. 

A separate video attempted to describe “what happens the first time you have sex” and featured advice encouraging viewers to purchase lubricants, which the host pitched as “essential” for anyone wishing to have anal sex. Sharing a screenshot from the video, CitizenFreePress writer Peachy Keenan joked that it was the “opening scene from the worst porno ever made.”

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at:

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