I recently interviewed fellow virginity geek Kate Monro, who has just come out with a new book called The First Time: True Tales of Virginity Lost & Found (Including My Own). It’s based on her long-running blog The Virginity Project, where she’s been collecting these stories for over four years.
TAV: Our blog is read by a lot of people who consider themselves older virgins, so on their behalf I have to ask if the stories you heard were different depending on the age of first sex.
Kate Monro: This is a side of my research that I hadn’t anticipated. As soon as I started blogging, I was contacted by people of all ages who either hadn’t lost their virginity or were just about to. In the end, I decided to devote an entire chapter to their stories. And yes, as you would expect, a man who loses his virginity at 54 is going to have a very different story to that of a teenager. In the case of ‘Bill’, a strict religious background had held him back but in his mid fifties, with the aid of a patient female friend, he finally lost his virginity. The conversations going on in his head as this happened were something to behold.
Read the rest of the interview at The American Virgin blog.