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Paper Rout

Postmedia in the gutter

Past Trauma

Richard Wagamese and an Indigenous literary resurgence

Family Pride

Profiles in gay life

Diana Fitzgerald Bryden

Diana Fitzgerald Bryden is the author of No Place Strange, shortlisted for the Amazon First Novel Award and longlisted for the IMPAC/Dublin Award, as well as two books of poetry and numerous essays, reviews and short fiction. She recently completed her second novel, and her monthly fiction series “Can You Hear Me Now?” is online at Visit

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Diana Fitzgerald Bryden

Pure Madness

Unsnarling the irrational, contradictory, still-thriving obsession with virginity April 2017
If the editors of Virgin Envy: The Cultural (In)Significance of the Hymen considered, even briefly, appropriating the title of Madonna’s iconic song for their book, they may have dismissed it as too corny. But, as usual when it comes to iconography, Madonna was on to something. The essays in Virgin Envy explore in depth what the pop singer was gesturing at: what virginity is like—what it stands in…