In medieval days, and probably centuries since, virginity was an essential requirement in a bride of the nobility for dynastic reasons and for the strengthening of allies in times of war. There were vast amounts of wealth at stake, and often kingdoms, as well, and marriages were often contracted when their children were still in the cradle.
I don’t know why this is so important today, but in many cultures it still is. Take the case of the Egyptian woman who was recently ordered by the court to pay her ex-husband $7,500 in damages after he discovered that she lied to him about being a virgin.
This wasn’t just an oversight; she didn’t forget that she had lost her virginity, although the reason, itself, might be why she wanted to forget it.
It seems she had not only withheld that salient piece of information; she had also withheld the fact that she had been married before and had divorced her husband.
Now, that might not have been so bad and she might have gotten away with telling the judge that she had a momentary lapse of memory about the first marriage had she not undergone surgery to hide the fact that she was no longer a virgin.
It wasn’t revealed how the ex-husband discovered the truth but when he went before the judge he claimed that he was emotionally damaged after his wife’s fake virginity was uncovered. He said that as a result of the deception, he is suffering from depression and he has lost trust in the people around him.
If the woman is just out the $7,500 that she has to pay him and, she isn’t stoned to death or suffering some other form of torture, she will be lucky. In most of these cultures, punishment for women can be very extreme.
While virginity in ancient times was necessary for political reasons, the same can’t be said of modern times. Today, it is largely based on religious reasons.
It will be interesting to see how the religious fanatics in this country will view the extreme punishments imposed by religious fanatics in other countries.
And when all is said and done, my guess is that this “emotionally damaged” ex-husband will remarry if, for no other reason, than to carry on the family name. And my guess is that his future wife will suffer the consequences of his first wife’s deception.