If there’s any topic that a young nerd-boy obsesses about, it’s losing his virginity. No matter how long he has been waiting for it, it’s automatically too long. Every single one of his friends who crosses that magical finish line before him – and they always seem to come in waves, don’t they? – is just further reinforcing the idea that there’s something wrong. The magical day that he makes the transition from boy to man – complete with George Thorogood background music and XP bonus notifications – is the culmination of years of pent up angst, anxiety and frustration.
But for all of the mental energy that young men and women are spending imagining losing it, they are often unprepared for the realities of losing their virginity. Just because you’ve pictured all of the fun sweaty moments doesn’t mean you know what to expect. It’s more than gasping noises and swelling John Williams themes in the background, and knowing what to expect can mean the difference between awkward, uncomfortable moments that will kill the mood and a first time you’ll be bragging about for years to come.