HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY is the new documentary by Therese Shechter, director of the award-winning and provocative I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST.
Female virginity. The US government has spent 1.5 billion dollars promoting it. It has fetched $750,000 at auction. There is no official medical definition for it. And 50 years after the sexual revolution, it continues to define a young woman’s morality and self-worth.
In this funny, eye-opening and occasionally alarming documentary, filmmaker Therese Shechter uses her own path out of ‘virginity’ to explore why it’s still so valued in our otherwise hyper-sexualized society.
Layering verite, interviews and vintage sex-ed films with candid self-reflection and wry narration, How to Lose Your Virginity reveals the myths, dogma and misconceptions behind this so-called precious gift. We meet sex educators, porn producers, abstinence advocates, and outspoken teens who share their own stories of having–or not having–sex.
In a culture where artificial hymens sell on the internet for $30, and “Be sexy, but don’t have sex” is the overwhelming message to young women, the film goes through the looking glass to understand a milestone almost everyone thinks about but no one actually understands.
Go beyond the film to our V-Card Diaries, a crowd-sourced collection of sexual debuts and deferrals. Find out about our other work at our website Trixie Films. For updates on screenings and other exciting news, join our non-invasive mailing list.