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What the heck is a "virginal" membrane?

"The virginal membrane, a fold of mucous membrane stretched across and partially closing the external orifice of the vagina."

Our friend Cory Silverberg at About:Sexulality came across this curious definition for the hymen in the Oxford English Dictionary. It makes sense to maybe do a  hymen=virginity in concept or culture, but–no, no–never in physical reality. As we've written a gazillion times, the state of the hymen has nothing to do with a woman's sexual history. Seriously, people!! There's enough mythology around virginity already without some respected dictionary adding to the problem. Thanks, Cory, for flagging that.