Icelandic Teens Think Virginity Is Dated - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Teens Think Virginity Is Dated

Published October 7, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Skari and Omarsson

The concept of virginity is a dated one according to Icelandic teenagers, reports RÚV.

That was the verdict after a discussion that took place during an annual youth festival held by Samfés, a national non-governmental youth organisation.

“They just think it’s a dated concept that isn’t valid anymore,” said Veiga Dís Hansdóttir, a representative of Samfés’ youth festival. “Do you only lose your virginity if a boy and a girl sleep together? The concept doesn’t really take into account when two boys sleep together or two girls.”

Icelandic teenagers also think that too much time is spent educating them on the dangers of drugs but not enough time is spent informing them of the effects of alcohol.

Additionally, the teenagers participating in the festival said they wanted vending machines in their high school lavatories to sell condoms because it is too humiliating to buy them in public at the off license in front of everybody.

Samfés oversees activities for young people between the ages of 13-25 on the national level as well as taking part in international projects when possible. The organisation is funded by membership fees, private sponsoring and participation income.

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