Recently, I came across the term "re-virgination." As always, the writer in me was eager to learn a new word, especially one as evocative as this. As I read more about it, though, I was perplexed. Even stunned. Re-virgination? Really? Isn't that like trying to unring a bell?
It occurred to me that menopausers are always being told that we need to "re-something." We are supposed to re-invent ourselves. We are supposed to re-juvenate ourselves. (In fact, there is a cosmetic procedure called rejevederm, touted as the successor to collagen injections.) Now, we're supposed to re-virginate ourselves.
If you're like me, you want to shout, "Enough." Why must I re-invent, re-juvenate, or re-virginate myself? Why am I not good enough as I am?
Gem for the day: the next time someone tells you to "re-something," tell them where to stuff it.