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On Virginity by JeanFan On Virginity by JeanFan
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2am. Playing Kings around the table.

Jack had already downed enough of the grossest apple vodka to last a lifetime. From the looks of the measuring cup he used as a drinking glass, he had consumed a good cup’s worth. It’s 99% proof alcohol for god sakes. It smelled like rubbing alcohol. It burned when you drank it. His body was too weak to reject it. He didn’t vomit. He just turned red and got louder.

Queen. Questions. Molly asks, “How many sexual partners have you ever had?”

We went around the table.

Phoebe: “zero.” I guess her and her boyfriend have yet to reach that stage.
Stanley: “two.” Both long-term girlfriends. Good man.

Jack’s turn. I was expecting a large number. I had accused him all summer of not coming back to the dorm and instead sleeping around. He was always out. Every night. Somewhere. Having a ball. He told me that he was horrible at picking up chicks. But at least that means he has tried.

He says: “zero.”

From his stories of ephemeral lovers and short-lived romances, he seemed to have kissed more girls than I had fingers to keep track of. But somehow, in the conglomeration of hook ups and flings, sex was still held up to a higher standard; enough to remain special, enough to remain saved.

- A summer in summary


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Nikon D80 + 50mm f1.8. Overlayed desaturated layer at 50% opacity; desaturation using channel mixers. Noise reduction for a soft-filter effect.
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:iconthestarofluck:
TheStarOfLuck Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Artist
This is really cute. <3
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Dogfreak1233 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
This is really beautiful :) I think virginity is something to be treasured and something to be saved till marriage. Thank you for making this :)
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anacsnogueira Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Interface Designer
Heavenly, simply put.
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ToThoseInterested Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved the little story that went with it.
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KoraJenkins Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
I don't know if I like this idea..

It's too stereotyped for me, but beautifully captured indeed.
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lubnArt Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
beautiful!!!! :)
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Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautifful <3 Very well executed concept :)
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FurryKnight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Starting to get into this Summer in Summery... is this from a novel... ? :)
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:iconjeanfan:
JeanFan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No ;P it's the journal I started keeping this summer after one of my lab mates went missing (he was found a few days later so no worries; but the experience got me thinking a bit I guess so I wanted to keep track of my thoughts :XD: )
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:iconfurryknight:
FurryKnight Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Intresting reading.... :) Kool journal...
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:iconraebearlawl:
raebearlawl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
this is so, so beautiful.
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malaugusto Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Photographer
This lovely work has been featured here: People and Portraits Spotlight Vol. 22.
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #devPREMIUM!

:icondevpremium:
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:iconijohnpk:
iJohnPK Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
WoW!!

Well Done!!!
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:iconthecallybear:
TheCallyBear Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have no words other than the concept, the summary and the photo itself = wow. ♥
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:iconfizzi-jung:
fizzi-jung Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Artist
Woah,,,this is brilliant!!
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ImagesbyTopa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very nice!
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quiroz2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Lovely photo. Also loved the summary as well!
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:icontakot27:
takot27 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
beautiful!:)
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PeytonJune Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
beautiful story and picture.
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Bahar1 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pictures with white flowers etc. showing virginity as something very innocent and pure are very LAME to me! You can be a virgin but can be a total asshole and there might be nothing pure and nice about you to relate to a white flower etc.- just because you didn't stick something in someone or haven't had an actual dick inside. Virginity is not a sign of innocence or purity or niceness.
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roughpenscratches Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
If you have never had sex you are, in that way, "pure" as in your sex life is empty. Though that dosen't mean sex is dirty or bad or that somebody who has never had sex is "pure" or innocent in other ways. Being "nice" has nothing to do with being "pure" anyway. Regardless you understand what the picture means because it is a well know symbol of virginity.
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Bahar1 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I said niceness on purpose because these pictures usually show virgin girls as nice people who have a pure soul, beaming with goodness and innocence! Lol. It's stereotyping. And contra-stereotyping is girl-losing-virginity becomes unpure, bad, dirty, evil etc. So, not a white flower anymore.

I don't think "pure" is the right word or a white flower is the right expression for virginity because of what I've just said v_v: It says for the contrary: "unpure", "unwhite", something dirty.
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Lydia-Rawr Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Well, thats only one type of person. For other people (Like me) keeping it saved for marriage is very special.
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Bahar1 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For me keeping it for marriage is also special. I live in a religious society and a lot of people care about virginity because of their religion. But I still don't like comparing someone virgin to a pure, white flower or so. Virginity has nothing to do about being innocent to me, and people who have had sex are not non-innocent, non-pure or so. It's just a choice about your love life and body in my opinion.
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Lydia-Rawr Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
I can understand that. :3
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WrathOfHanha Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
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:iconanavita:
anavita Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
So pure...
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masterd2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
i appreciate when people make stories in support of the images! love the feeling they give to me ;)

cheers!
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1passionatefool Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Beautiful Work!!! :winner:
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:icononlylovee:
OnlyLovee Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Gorgeous
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IvoryAndRoseLeaves Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Artist
This is great i wish people were actually like this. I've known to many girls and boys that have made to many mistakes. Its beautiful though
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bounty22 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
can i paint this? :))
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tamarussia Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, this is so beautiful. Makes me want to keep mines for as long as possible until I'm truly, truly ready.
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:icononejon:
onejon Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
great composition!!
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:iconmoomooicecream:
MooMooIceCream Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful.:heart:
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CAPTAINBUNNYSKITTLES Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
That's amazing. Awesome job. Wonderful story too.
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:iconlovebehr:
lovebehr Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Very good picture quality. Has a great meaning, this is a wonderful photo. :thumbsup:
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avalanchepark Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
wonderful focus on the blossom achieved with a very soft and undamaged beauty

to me as a embodiment of an emotional virginity I find the image powerful.

to me the whole notion of physical virginity as a precious gift for the one and only person seems an odd way to view life but I certainly respect everyone's right to view it as they view it
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Kitauri Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I can't decide as to whether I like the photo or the summary more. Wonderful on both accounts.
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LenTes Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aside from this being a fantastic photograph, I love that you put what you did to make the image look the way it does. Other photographers I try to chat with are very "stingy" with their methods... I love watching your work for that reason.
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Kenny-Gulley Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
Very sensual but in the most delicate and tasteful way possible. I love your work, and never am one to critique, but for sake of the argument of virginity, I would have lightened the tones. Its a bit dark-grey, making it seem sad... unless of course, that is because she (the figure) has offered up a gift he cannot recover. Deflowered. In that case, its perfectly set.

As for this fellow, gasp* zero.
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The--Working-Wulf Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very lovely. It makes me sad, for some reason. . .
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:iconms-weitzer:
ms-weitzer Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this picture! This is how I imagine my virginity in my mind ^-^
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alyor Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Very subtle shot. :iconclappingplz:
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joerpaul Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
I've known more loneliness and isolation that anyone I ever met. I was always very insecure and socially awkward to the extent that I was unable to make friends and did not even understand the concept of friendship most of my life. I did not know how to make conversation. Everyone I ever met thought I was weird and any attempts I made to assimilate have failed. I always found myself hopelessly alone. Needless to say, I have never been on a date, or kissed a girl. Had seldom ever even talked to a girl. I was sexually naive most of my life. All of the loneliness and isolation over the years made me into a very desperate person, prone to depression. I never cared about life and I kept slipping down a self destructive spiral until now I find myself a homeless drug addict. I've come to understand many things about myself whereas most of my life I acted impulsively from raw emotion, mainly desperation. Out of that understanding I find within myself a strong sense of security and self worth. I can only rise from my current situation in life. I have accepted the loneliness and over the years I have lost interest in people in general. I have resolved that I only need one person in my life. Someone who will understand and love me. Someone who will look at me and see more than just rags and a disgruntled expression. Not really a choice of my own, but I'm saving every last inch of myself for her. She will be the only one who knows me, and the only girl I've ever touched.
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ZephiriusJixx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's kinda intense man.
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generatingchunks Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Virginity shouldn't be an insult. ;)
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Apocotacos Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very true! But the people who lost there's shouldn't be frowned upon either. Seems like either way, someone is gonna frown upon you. Why can't we just accept virgins and non virgins? Sorry, I got carried away again.
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generatingchunks Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, you didn't get carried away. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. ;)
And I don't frown on non-virgins either. I only do when they loose they're virginity to soon in their life. What's the rush?
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Apocotacos Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems like these days everyone wants to lose their virginity as fast as they can. I'll admit, I'm not a virgin anymore, but I certainly don't frown on people who are. Rather, I'll respect them.
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