I am taking German classes this year to fulfill the second language requirement for my college. I could have taken Spanish, the second language that I studied for four years in high school, but I decided it would be fun to try to become multi-lingual.
Oh, fun indeed, as Lindsay may be able to attest to.
A while ago I was flipping through the glossary in my book, looking for a vocabulary word so I could do my homework, when a word caught my eye.
(die) Jungfrau. Translation: virgin.
Some explanations for those not familiar with German.
The German language uses three different "genders" of articles (masculine, feminine, and neuter) when referring to nouns. "Die" means "the" and it is feminine.
The word "jung" is German for "young." "Frau" means "woman."
Literally, the German word for virgin translates to "young woman."
Excellent! Slut-shaming embedded in language. There's nothing like associating virginity strictly with women...even if it is rather covert like this.