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Sex and cinema—complicated lovers
Sex and cinema—complicated lovers

Baby (Jennifer Grey) famously lost her virginity to Patrick Swayze's character in "Dirty Dancing." The geeky freshman played by Anthony Michael Hall lusted after Samantha (Molly Ringwald), who's a virgin saving herself for Jake Ryan in "Sixteen Candles." And friends of Andy (Steve Carell) in "40 Year Old Virgin" try to help him do the deed. Sex has been a part of movies for decades. But when exactly did the act of losing one's virginity go from being a taboo topic to becoming the central storyline? Before the 1950s, virginity was not a main storyline but instead was used as a plot mechanism in movies, according to Tamar Jeffers McDonald,...

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