WOMEN
08/20/2012 10:54 am ET Updated Oct 20, 2012

27 And Never Been Kissed

"I think she's a virgin," said my classmate from grad school, gossiping about a mutual friend. "She's 26!" he continued. "It's weird to be a virgin over 24. Even for a woman."

And most people would agree with him. A virgin in her mid-20s is like a unicorn. Lolo Jones, a stunningly beautiful Olympic hurdler, made huge waves when she admitted she was still a virgin at 29 years old. When one of the main characters on HBO's "Girls" revealed her 20-something virginity, many viewers scoffed. No way, not realistic. It just doesn't compute in an age of casual hookups and "friends with benefits." But at 27 years old, I could one-up all those women. Not only had I never had sex, I had never even been kissed.

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