“The idea of virginity comes from outdated — let’s be real, patriarchal— ways of thinking that hurts everyone,” the organization tweeted over a picture of a billboard that states, “Virginity is a social construct.”
The organization, whose political arm notably lobbies for abortion-on-demand, the removal of parental consent and notification laws, and “gender-affirming care,” has previously acknowledged the existence of virginity but has considered it a “concept” for years. In 2019, Planned Parenthood tweeted, “Idk [I don’t know] who needs to hear this but virginity is a made-up social construct, and it has absolutely nothing to do with your hymen.”
Even though Planned Parenthood said virginity is “made up,” the next tweet in the organization’s thread reads:
A virgin is someone who’s never had sex. But “sex” means different things to different people, so “virginity” does too. Many don’t care what it means or think it matters. Whatever you believe, the fact is you can’t tell if someone’s had sex by checking their hymen.
Commenters blasted Planned Parenthood’s claim.
“Groomers,” one commenter wrote.
“Either you’ve had sex or you haven’t. How is that a ‘social construct?’” another user wrote.