Gynecologists told the Tribune that more Muslim women in recent years have requested certificates of virginity before marriage to prove to husbands-to-be the women are chaste.
That trend in turn has created a demand among cosmetic surgeons for hymen replacements; which, if done properly, they say, will not be detected and will produce tell-tale vaginal bleeding on the wedding night. The service is widely advertised on the Internet; there are medical tourism packages to countries like Tunisia where the procedure is less expensive.The surgery itself involves "one semicircular cut" and "10 self-dissolving stitches". Awesome. The issue of this surgery's necessity in order to enter matrimony has seen much debate in France, where arguments about the prejudice over a woman's virginity was thought to have been replaced by the country's sexual revolution 40 years ago. A court in Lille, France, two weeks ago annulled a 2006 marriage of two Muslims after the groom discovered his bride was not the virgin, as she had claimed. He left his wife in bed and returned to wedding guests still reveling to announce his discovery. The bride was returned to her parents' doorstep that evening.
Oh, how little things change.
[Originally posted at playgirl.com/blog]