Thank you for your response. I hope that my piece helped lend some insight into the kind of brainwashing that occurs when girls are young, which leads them to grow up believing that sex is something they give up. I felt like this belief was expected of me when I was younger, and it was “enforced” not only by other females but by other males too, as I explained when a boy in high school didn’t want to date me because he believed I’d already “give it up” to too many other boys. It takes a lot of work to root these beliefs out of our brains, unfortunately. When female sexuality is policed in this way, it not only hurts women but clearly, as your story tells, ends up hurting men, too.

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