2012-2013 Comparison: Virgins

Say the word “virgin” in the presence of any preteen and you’ll likely be witness to a round of snickering, but say the same word in a tent full of Burners and you’ll probably hear a lot of snickering.

Alright, not really. While Burners are not immune to behaving as though we were a pack of adolescents, our usage of the term is a bit less sexual in nature than the normally intended meaning, and is usually is not accompanied by giggles.

The definition of the word “virgin” is: a person who has never had sexual intercourse. Burners use the term in a more mild manner; when you are referred to as a Burning Man Virgin (Birgin, to some), it simply means you have never been to Burning Man before.

When comparing 2012 to 2013, we found that the ratio of virgins to non-virgins remained fairly static. In 2012, around 37% of polled attendees were virgins, compared with approximately 40% in 2013.

What do you think this will look like in future years, do you think the ratio will remain somewhat constant or will it veer sharply in one direction or another?

Written by: Wendi Corbin Goulette
Edited by: Tabicat


4 responses

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  2. I would like to see the following question in the future. Of the virigins, what experience level were the people you mostly camped? I am looking to see if the virgins are getting some help from vets during their first burn. Hopefully learning the good ways.

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