In some parts of the world, being a virgin on your wedding day is considered a big deal. But thanks to one company in Hong Kong, you can always relive your bloody first time with the Artificial Hymen Kit.
Made internationally available by HymenShop.com, the kit promises to "restore your virginity in five minutes" for less than $30. The kit comes in a oriental looking box which holds packet of fake blood and "membrane" that can be inserted prior to sex.
But don't get your hopes too high. Leak Beckmann of New York Magazine decided to take the product for a test run, and the results were skeptical at best:
I open the first packet and take out what looks like a clear plastic Listerine strip folded into eighths. There is a gruesome amount of bright red liquid inside the folds. I “completely unfold the hymen,” as step No. 4 in the instructions indicates. Some dried-up flakes of red fall from the plastic. I don’t remember red dust at my original hymen-loss, but maybe every hymen-loss is a snowflake unto itself: a tiny and unique horror story floating in the wintertime of our innocence.
"Using an index finger, insert the artificial hymen into the vagina." Before I can decipher whether the hymen should go in blood-side up or blood-side down— rolled up like a joint? crumpled into a ball?— the film dissolves in my hands. I am covered in bright red dye. I am down one hymen.