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Though some cultures view virginity as a positive it is generally in respect to females, and is a very misogynistic attitude. Although it's better to get in a good deal of practice if you want to find a person/people you wish to commit to, using all of those experiences to benchmark your current partner can be perceived as being a total jerk.
 Biblical use
In the Bible, the use of "virgin" for Mary, mother of Jesus, is for a Hebrew word actually meaning "young woman." "Bethulah" means "woman who has not had sex" (c.f. Isaiah 62:5); "Almah," the word used in Isaiah 7:14, means just "young woman" and only sometimes "sexually pure woman," the correct meaning to be ascertained from context. Dictionaries were not invented until the 18th Century CE and before that words did not always have precise definitions.
The confusion arose when the Septuagint used the Greek word "parthenos" (sexually pure woman). This was the inspiration for the gospel myth of the Virgin birth. Thus, the Gospel of Matthew attempts to justify the divinity of Jesus with a prophecy that was never actually made.