History Main / ConsummationCounterfeit

23rd Sep '16 10:15:15 AM MsChibi
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* In the ''Literature/BookOfExodus'', a woman who ''cannot'' produce "evidence" that she was a virgin on her wedding night on her husband's (or in-laws') demand is to be [[HonorRelatedAbuse stoned to death by the men of her community right on her father's doorstep (or left on her father's doorstep after the fact).]] This is the same punishment she'd face if she'd had an affair ''after'' the wedding: premarital sex was considered to be cheating on her husband before they'd even met. However, if she (or rather, her parents) ''were'' able to produce a bloodied sheet or garment to show her husband/in-laws/neighbors/whoever, then her husband (or whoever made the accusation) was to receive ATasteOfTheLash. (And if it ''was'' the groom that made the accusation in that case, [[AwfulWeddedLife then he was never allowed to divorce her]].)
4th Sep '16 2:41:47 AM shamblingdead2
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* Mentioned in ''Literature/{{Aztec}}'' as one of the services provided by a local witch-woman. She provides a type of pigeon egg that "bleeds" when broken, which a woman may insert before her wedding night.
16th Aug '16 12:44:39 AM Mei-may
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* In a Vietnamese miniseries that took place in a mountain region where minority ethic groups live, the main female character was a young woman who [[ArrangedMarriage is married]] to a young man. Unbeknownst to everyone, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys she has been]] [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter going out with]] [[BigBad a gangster]] and not only is no longer a virgin but also pregnant. On her wedding night, she tearfully told her new husband the truth and [[NiceGuy the man]], despite being extremely angry, decided to protect her by stopping her from [[InterruptedSuicide eating the poisonous leaves]] and cutting his hand so the family's women could see "the evidence" in the morning when they came to help cleanup.

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* In a Vietnamese miniseries that took place in a Northern mountain region where minority ethic groups live, the main female character was is a young woman who [[ArrangedMarriage is married]] married to a young man.man by their parents]]. Unbeknownst to everyone, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys she has been]] [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter going out with]] [[BigBad a gangster]] and not only is no longer a virgin but also pregnant. On her wedding night, she tearfully told tells her new husband the truth and [[NiceGuy the man]], despite being extremely angry, decided to protect her by stopping her from [[InterruptedSuicide eating the poisonous leaves]] leaves she carried with her]] and then cutting his hand so the family's women could can see "the evidence" in the morning when they came come to help cleanup.
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16th Aug '16 12:39:06 AM Mei-may
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* In a Vietnamese miniseries that took place in a mountain region where minority ethic groups live, the main female character was a young woman who [[ArrangedMarriage is married]] to a young man. Unbeknownst to everyone, [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys she has been]] [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter going out with]] [[BigBad a gangster]] and not only is no longer a virgin but also pregnant. On her wedding night, she tearfully told her new husband the truth and [[NiceGuy the man]], despite being extremely angry, decided to protect her by stopping her from [[InterruptedSuicide eating the poisonous leaves]] and cutting his hand so the family's women could see "the evidence" in the morning when they came to help cleanup.
13th Aug '16 3:49:13 PM billybobfred
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* Used as a PetTheDog moment for the antiheroic male lead in a romance novel whose title I've forgotten. He and the female lead had "consummated" some time before and had been forced to marry, but their premarital funtimes aren't public knowledge. Believing that the forced marriage was her plan all along, he is angry enough to refuse to have sex with her on the wedding night. Waking up to find her approaching the bed with a knife, he tackles her, only to have her explain that she was planning this trope. He takes the knife and -- after a moment of fear on her part that he will allow her to be shamed -- cuts himself instead, musing that he left so much blood on the sheets that the servants will pity her for having to deal with his brutality.
19th Jul '16 11:36:36 PM MsChibi
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The most common way is faking the "blood on the sheets" by using their own blood or that of an animal's -- the husband will think the marriage was sufficiently consummated. This is common among noble women who don't go to their marriage bed virgins, especially in societies that value ladies' maidenheads. Of course, false "evidence" may be required even if the wife ''was'' a virgin, as the majority of women do not actually bleed after their first time having intercourse. [[YouFailSexEdForever Try telling the writers that, though.]]

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The most common way is faking the "blood on the sheets" by using their own blood or that of an animal's -- the husband will think the marriage was sufficiently consummated. This is common among noble women who don't go to their marriage bed virgins, especially in societies that value ladies' maidenheads. Of course, false "evidence" may be required even if the wife ''was'' a virgin, as [[RealityIsUnrealistic the majority of women do not actually bleed after their first time having intercourse.intercourse]]. [[YouFailSexEdForever Try telling the writers that, though.]]
30th May '16 10:49:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Borgia Power And Incest'' by Milo Manara has Lucrezia do this for her first husband (who is CampGay to the point of impotence if no men are involved), via an eggshell filled with blood. A bedsheet is draped over the happy couple so the audience (yes, the audience) can't see the details, and after a few screams of pain on Lucrezia's part and effort on her husband's, the bloodstained bedsheet is revealed to all (without any actual intercourse having taken place).

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* In ''Film/{{Yentl}}'', the title character is a woman pretending to be male so she can go to school. She gets trapped into an arranged marriage with a woman who doesn't particularly want to marry "him" either. On their wedding night they play around non-sexually in their bedroom and Yentl "accidentally" spills some red wine on the bed, which is taken by the others at the wedding night party as proof of consummation.

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* There is an old joke where a man, on his wedding night, has trouble with consummating the relationship. So once the wife falls asleep, he cuts his finger and smears the sheet with blood. An hour later, when he is asleep, the wife wakes up, sees the sheet, thinks for a moment and [[spoiler:uses the sheet to blow her nose]][[note]]Snot looks like ejaculate.[[/note]].

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* In romance novels with ArrangedMarriage, a gentleman will use his own blood to do the faking.
* Mentioned in a roundabout way in ''Literature/JudgeDee'', when Ma Jong mentions that Mongol women aren't required to be virgins on marriage, as they spend most of their childhood riding horses (which would naturally tear their maidenhead).
* Happens in the second duology of ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'': [[spoiler:Dariolo Kerna]] is supposed to be a virgin when she marries Arthur Barrot, when, in fact, she already has two (illegitimate) children from [[spoiler:Alexander]]. Arthur, being [[IdiotHero not the sharpest tool in the shed]] and [[LoveMakesYouDumb madly in love with her]], assumes her hymen was broken while riding a horse and cuts himself to produce a stained bed sheet as proof that his wife was a virgin before marriage, as the nobility custom dictates.
* In Abel Posse's ''Dogs of Paradise'', Isabella and Ferdinand had some trouble waiting until the wedding night... so they present a large Japanese flag.
* In the ''Literature/YoungRoyals'' book ''Patience, Princess Catherine'' (a historical fiction about the early life of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII) Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor use goats' blood as proof of consummation so they don't have the pressure of having to consummate the night of the wedding for the bedding ceremony. They never actually have sex together, but the "proof" (along with some cuddle sessions in the same chambers) causes problems when Arthur dies and she wants to marry his brother Henry, as a church doctrine prohibits the marriage of a widow to the brother of her deceased husband if the marriage was legal and had been consummated.

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* ''Borgia Power And Incest'' by Milo Manara has Lucrezia do this for her first husband (who is CampGay to the point of impotence if no men are involved), via an eggshell filled with blood. A bedsheet is draped over the happy couple so the audience (yes, the audience) can't see the details, and after a few screams of pain on Lucrezia's part and effort on her husband's, the bloodstained bedsheet is revealed to all (without any actual intercourse having taken place).

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* In ''Film/{{Yentl}}'', the title character is a woman pretending to be male so she can go to school. She gets trapped into an arranged marriage with a woman who doesn't particularly want to marry "him" either. On their wedding night they play around non-sexually in their bedroom and Yentl "accidentally" spills some red wine on the bed, which is taken by the others at the wedding night party as proof of consummation.

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* There is an old joke where a man, on his wedding night, has trouble with consummating the relationship. So once the wife falls asleep, he cuts his finger and smears the sheet with blood. An hour later, when he is asleep, the wife wakes up, sees the sheet, thinks for a moment and [[spoiler:uses the sheet to blow her nose]][[note]]Snot looks like ejaculate.[[/note]].

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* In romance novels with ArrangedMarriage, a gentleman will use his own blood to do the faking.
faking.
* Mentioned in a roundabout way in ''Literature/JudgeDee'', when Ma Jong mentions that Mongol women aren't required to be virgins on marriage, as they spend most of their childhood riding horses (which would naturally tear their maidenhead).
maidenhead).
* Happens in the second duology of ''Literature/ArciaChronicles'': [[spoiler:Dariolo Kerna]] is supposed to be a virgin when she marries Arthur Barrot, when, in fact, she already has two (illegitimate) children from [[spoiler:Alexander]]. Arthur, being [[IdiotHero not the sharpest tool in the shed]] and [[LoveMakesYouDumb madly in love with her]], assumes her hymen was broken while riding a horse and cuts himself to produce a stained bed sheet as proof that his wife was a virgin before marriage, as the nobility custom dictates.
dictates.
* In Abel Posse's ''Dogs of Paradise'', Isabella and Ferdinand had some trouble waiting until the wedding night... so they present a large Japanese flag.
flag.
* In the ''Literature/YoungRoyals'' book ''Patience, Princess Catherine'' (a historical fiction about the early life of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII) Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor use goats' blood as proof of consummation so they don't have the pressure of having to consummate the night of the wedding for the bedding ceremony. They never actually have sex together, but the "proof" (along with some cuddle sessions in the same chambers) causes problems when Arthur dies and she wants to marry his brother Henry, as a church doctrine prohibits the marriage of a widow to the brother of her deceased husband if the marriage was legal and had been consummated.



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* The 1986 miniseries ''Peter The Great'' by NBC Productions showed the newly crowned Czar Peter of Russia taking the introverted virgin Eudoxia to the honeymoon bed. When Eudoxia claims that she must "sacrifice" herself for the good of Russia rather than out of love for Peter, Czar Peter shatters a wine bottle and lances his finger with a shard. His blood stains the center of the bedsheet, which he then displays proudly to his loyal palace guards downstairs.
* Brazilian soap opera author Glória Perez is fond of this trope, when writing about ArrangedMarriage in conservative cultures, as in the soaps ''Explode Coração'' and ''O Clone''. In these occasions, the men were aware that their recpective wives weren't virgin, then they cut themselves and bled in the bedsheet.

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* In a segment of ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ikXim4wevc Emily Axford takes apart the myth of the hymen as a "barrier"]] and its use as a VirginityFlag.

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* The 1986 miniseries ''Peter The Great'' by NBC Productions showed the newly crowned Czar Peter of Russia taking the introverted virgin Eudoxia to the honeymoon bed. When Eudoxia claims that she must "sacrifice" herself for the good of Russia rather than out of love for Peter, Czar Peter shatters a wine bottle and lances his finger with a shard. His blood stains the center of the bedsheet, which he then displays proudly to his loyal palace guards downstairs.
downstairs.
* Brazilian soap opera author Glória Perez is fond of this trope, when writing about ArrangedMarriage in conservative cultures, as in the soaps ''Explode Coração'' and ''O Clone''. In these occasions, the men were aware that their recpective wives weren't virgin, then they cut themselves and bled in the bedsheet.

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* In a segment of ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ikXim4wevc Emily Axford takes apart the myth of the hymen as a "barrier"]] and its use as a VirginityFlag.

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19th May '16 10:57:17 AM roxana
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* In Elizabeth Chadwick's ''The Greatest Knight'' William Marshal, the knight of the title, has just been rewarded for years of good service with the hand of a rich royal ward. The girl is frightened and William is nursing a wounded leg so he suggests a rain check on the consummation and supplies the necessary blood himself with a prick of his dagger commenting that the better the lover the less the blood. As it turns out he could have saved himself the trouble as her period starts in the night giving them the perfect excuse to put of the consummation till they get to know each other a little better.

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* In Elizabeth Chadwick's ''The Greatest Knight'' William Marshal, the knight of the title, has just been rewarded for years of good service with the hand of a rich royal ward. The girl is frightened and William is nursing a wounded leg so he suggests a rain check on the consummation and supplies the necessary blood himself with a prick of his dagger commenting that the better the lover the less the blood. As it turns out he could have saved himself the trouble as her period starts in the night giving them the perfect excuse to put of the consummation till they get to know each other a little better. By the time her period ends Isabelle's only doubt is whether it would be to forward for her to remind William that they have unfinished business.
25th Apr '16 9:37:05 AM MsChibi
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A variation is to not actually consummate the marriage at all - render your husband incapable of consummating, then fake the blood and let everyone believe you did it. Yet another is to have your husband in on it, which is often the case for more sympathetic grooms.

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A variation is to not actually consummate the marriage at all - render your husband incapable of consummating, then fake the blood and let everyone believe you did it. Yet another is to have your husband in on it, which is often the case for more sympathetic grooms. Subtrope of VirginityFlag.
11th Apr '16 9:36:24 AM ObsidianFire
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->"But a little imagination, a phial of blood hidden beneath your pillow. [[GenreSavvy You wouldn't be the first]]."

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->"But a little imagination, a phial of blood hidden beneath your pillow. [[GenreSavvy You wouldn't be the first]].first."
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