Scientists have been trying to demythify this since at least the 16th century, but male ego about marrying a "virgin" among other issues has always gotten in the way. Being a feminst myself, I think there is entirely too much emphasis on the condition of the hymen, especially since the condition of the hymen is mostly unrelated to virginity status. For one thing, it is much harder to see. What baffles me is any women-teenager who ever looked at herself knew this but some societies live under such a veil of myth that people don't even bother looking or "looking before entering". Girl crumpling flower symbol of virginity, hating men, ptsd after sexual abuse motortion Fotolia.
Do other animals [have hymens]?
What Exactly is a Hymen?
I'm questioning the use of the word "damage" in relation to the hymen, which is a changing presence in a female's development. Hymens cause pain on first sex, at least in kids. Labia are intact; vaginal opening is intact, but obstructed by the hymen; congenital.