The belief is rooted both in Georgia’s conservative culture and the Georgian Orthodox faith, which does not discriminate between men and women on the topic.
Not everyone observes the taboo, but it is so widespread that Georgians have even come up with a semi-jesting name for it – “the virginity institute.” The “institute” is heavily debated in Internet forums and occasionally in the news media. Rather, it is Georgian men who passionately argue for or against this cultural convention.
Supporters cite the need to uphold Georgian traditions.
Critics -- who often resort to social networking or dating websites to try to hook up with “Natashas” from the North --reject the “institute” as a legacy of a pre-modern mindset.
As Georgia rushes to embrace Western ways, a cultural taboo on sex before marriage for women is one tradition that is still holding strong.
And even while acknowledging the macho tenets that shape it, the taboo is one tradition that many Georgian women from all walks of life say they do not want to buck.
“Premarital sex is not only tolerated, but even encouraged for men, while it is frowned upon for women.” An August 2009 survey by the Tbilisi-based Caucasus Research Resource Centers reported that 77 percent of respondents think it is unacceptable for a woman to have sex before marriage.Our membership base is made up of over 2.5 million singles from USA, Europe, Philippines, Thailand, China, Japan, Vietnam and many more Asian countries.We are committed to helping you find the perfect match, no matter where in the world they may be.Whether you are seeking just a date, a pen pal, a casual or a serious relationship, you can meet singles in Roswell today!
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