The Internet is flooded with conversations, quips, images and quotes on the subject of virginity, with some even referring to it as antiquated, barbaric and sexist. However, young people are still heckled if they associate themselves with a virgin lifestyle. Their peers are often the greatest influence and this influence tends to outweigh even the most authoritative parental voice. In The Dirty Word, Dr. Yvette examines virginity from historical, biblical, familial and personal vantage points in a way that young people can understand and relate, and that parents can emulate. Using powerful anecdotes, first-hand accounts and reliable references, Dr. Yvette abolishes the decades-long stigma of shame that has attached itself to a young person's very personal and very respectable resolve to simply wait.