If you go off what it’s like in movies and TV shows, being a virgin is stressful business. You’re constantly made fun of and belittled for your lack of sexual experience, and feel pressured to lose it as soon as possible — regardless of how or with whom — lest your peers single you out as un-manly, pathetic or otherwise undesirable.

Guys who’ve already had sex, meanwhile, can strut about confidently, knowing they’re handsome, masculine and sexually irresistible. Whatever truth there is to that perception, it’s not as black and white as those situations would suggest. Being sexually inexperienced, even when you want nothing more than to lose your virginity, doesn’t need to be such an anxiety-ridden time of your life.

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