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21st Jul '17 1:10:33 AM Hanz
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* As a parody of Slashers, ''Film/TheFinalGirls'' has virginity as a plot device since only a virgin gets to be the Final Girl who kills the villain.
27th Jun '17 9:39:33 PM angie710
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And by female virgin, we generally mean a sweet, young (but adult), [[TheIngenue beautiful, innocent, wholesome]] virgin. The ActionGirl is treated as something of a subversion, as is an actual prepubescent {{child|renAreInnocent}}, a [[HollywoodHomely not-so-conventionally-attractive]] young woman, and the sour-tempered and ancient OldMaid is always played as if it were a subversion.

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And by female virgin, we generally mean a sweet, young (but adult), [[TheIngenue beautiful, innocent, passive, wholesome]] virgin. The ActionGirl is treated as something of a subversion, as is an actual prepubescent {{child|renAreInnocent}}, a [[HollywoodHomely not-so-conventionally-attractive]] young woman, and the sour-tempered and ancient OldMaid is always played as if it were a subversion.
21st Jun '17 11:29:21 AM CaptainPedant
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--> "Queen Elizabeth was known as the Virgin Queen. As a queen she was a great success" (infelicitous schoolboy essay)
12th Jun '17 12:09:21 PM Edvardelis
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** Wizards are expected to remain celibate, because they believe sex messes with their powers. There is the suggestion that performing powerful magic is just as much fun as orgasm. The book ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' reveals the true reason -- every male child of a wizard's is a automatically a wizard and the ''eighth'' male child is a "[[PersonOfMassDestruction sourceror]]" (a wizard "squared"), with ''very'' [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt bad results]] for the Literature/{{Discworld}} as a whole. Luckily, wizards are generally the kind of geeks who would have difficulty attracting women anyway. (As the ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Companion'' puts it, if magic cared whether or not you're a virgin, [[ReallyGetsAround Nanny Ogg]] would be a washerwoman.)

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** Wizards are expected to remain celibate, because they believe sex messes with their powers. There is the suggestion that performing powerful magic is just as much fun as orgasm. The book ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' reveals the true reason -- every male child of a wizard's wizard is a automatically born a wizard and the ''eighth'' male child born to a wizard is a "[[PersonOfMassDestruction sourceror]]" (a wizard "squared"), with ''very'' [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt bad results]] for the Literature/{{Discworld}} as a whole. Luckily, wizards are generally the kind of geeks who would have difficulty attracting women anyway. (As the ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Companion'' puts it, if magic cared whether or not you're a virgin, [[ReallyGetsAround Nanny Ogg]] would be a washerwoman.)
12th Jun '17 12:08:03 PM Edvardelis
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** Wizards are expected to remain celibate, because they believe sex messes with their powers. There is the suggestion that performing powerful magic is just as much fun as orgasm. The book ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' reveals the true reason -- under certain circumstances, a wizard's child could be a "[[PersonOfMassDestruction sourceror]]", with ''very'' [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt bad results]] for the Literature/{{Discworld}} as a whole. Luckily, wizards are generally the kind of geeks who would have difficulty attracting women anyway. (As the ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Companion'' puts it, if magic cared whether or not you're a virgin, [[ReallyGetsAround Nanny Ogg]] would be a washerwoman.)

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** Wizards are expected to remain celibate, because they believe sex messes with their powers. There is the suggestion that performing powerful magic is just as much fun as orgasm. The book ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' reveals the true reason -- under certain circumstances, every male child of a wizard's is a automatically a wizard and the ''eighth'' male child could be is a "[[PersonOfMassDestruction sourceror]]", sourceror]]" (a wizard "squared"), with ''very'' [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt bad results]] for the Literature/{{Discworld}} as a whole. Luckily, wizards are generally the kind of geeks who would have difficulty attracting women anyway. (As the ''Literature/{{Discworld}} Companion'' puts it, if magic cared whether or not you're a virgin, [[ReallyGetsAround Nanny Ogg]] would be a washerwoman.)
4th Jun '17 9:45:21 AM IndustriousArc
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': In order to cast a hex that will spread disease among the Chevois rebels, Odin needs, among other things, the tears of a maiden. This leads to the amusing revelation that [[spoiler:Felicia is not a virgin]].
3rd May '17 11:29:11 PM angie710
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If the user of the Virgin Power is the hero's girlfriend, you can expect this situation to create a lot of dramatic tension between the lovers, as they fight the temptation to do the ''[[CantHaveSexEver one thing]]'' which will render her powers useless. Also, you can expect the villains to try to "relieve" the user of her virginity via rape (even when just killing her from a distance would be the safer and faster option, unless the power in question doesn't allow for this).

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If the user of the Virgin Power is the hero's girlfriend, you can expect this situation to create a lot of dramatic tension between the lovers, as they fight the temptation to do the ''[[CantHaveSexEver one thing]]'' which will render her powers useless. Also, you can expect the villains to try to "relieve" the user of her virginity via rape [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim (even when just killing her from a distance would be the safer and faster option, option]], unless the power in question doesn't allow for this).
30th Apr '17 3:43:12 PM Xtifr
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* Creator/ElizabethBear's Matthew Szczgielniak is another male example, at least for most of the first two books in which he appears--the first of which, ''Blood & Iron'', also features a particularly [[{{Grimmification}} Grimmified]] take on the Unicorn Thing.

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* Creator/ElizabethBear's Matthew Szczgielniak is another male example, at least for most of the first two books in which he appears--the first of which, ''Blood & Iron'', ''[[Literature/ThePrometheanAge Blood and Iron]]'', also features a particularly [[{{Grimmification}} Grimmified]] {{Grimmifi|cation}}ed take on the Unicorn Thing.
29th Apr '17 11:38:05 PM Xtifr
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* Elizabeth Bear's Matthew Szczgielniak is another male example, at least for most of the first two books in which he appears -- the first of which, ''Blood & Iron'', also features a particularly [[{{Grimmification}} Grimmified]] take on the Unicorn Thing.

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* Elizabeth Bear's Creator/ElizabethBear's Matthew Szczgielniak is another male example, at least for most of the first two books in which he appears -- the appears--the first of which, ''Blood & Iron'', also features a particularly [[{{Grimmification}} Grimmified]] take on the Unicorn Thing.
22nd Apr '17 5:25:13 PM Aquillion
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And just why would someone need to be a virgin to have access to a special power? Most likely because [[SexIsEvil being a virgin is a generally recognized sign of moral purity]]. Greater moral purity = greater access to God = exclusive access to his power. This is why most Virgin Power tends to be Theurgy—magic which is tied to certain gods or goddesses. When played completely straight, this trope can therefore have UnfortunateImplications, since the association of (female) virginity with moral purity implies a MadonnaWhoreComplex; because of this, more modern invocations of this trope are sometimes careful to specify that it is merely a [[FunctionalMagic magical rule]] or the preference of a particular divinity rather than a value judgment.

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And just why would someone need to be a virgin to have access to a special power? Most likely because [[SexIsEvil being a virgin is a generally recognized sign of moral purity]]. Greater moral purity = greater access to God = exclusive access to his power. This is why most Virgin Power tends to be Theurgy—magic which is tied to certain gods or goddesses. When played completely straight, this trope can therefore have UnfortunateImplications, since the association of (female) virginity with moral purity implies a MadonnaWhoreComplex; because of this, more modern invocations of this trope are sometimes careful to specify that it is merely a [[FunctionalMagic magical rule]] or the preference of a particular divinity rather than a value judgment.
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