I’ve heard atheists mock the idea of a virgin birth but, growing up in fundamentalist circles where sex was considered so dirty that even discussing it in the context of sex ed was unthinkable, I know better.
In that environment, you see a lot of “virgin births” and pregnant teenagers — kids, fully committed to “purity,” but whose sex-phobic indoctrination didn’t stand a chance in the face of hormones, and whose complete lack of knowledge left them unprepared for what could happen. Kids who would never have dared admit anything different… until it was too late.
While it was particularly pronounced in that environment, the idea that “good girls” — “my girls” — don’t have sex isn’t confined to fundamentalists. And its impact is pretty noticeable. For instance, the most widely offered reason for why parents reject the HPV vaccine for their daughters? It isn’t needed.