Cherry and Virgin:The Sex Symbolism in Fruit(未完成)

If something is associated with its symbolic meaning, it could expand much further and wilder beyond its original clues.When it comes to the symbolism of fruit,a familiar term forbidden fruit will naturally arise above men's mind.

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This term could date back to the record  from the Book of Genesis concerning Adam and Eve in Genesis 2:16–17.

In the narrative, Adam and Eve eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, which they had been commanded not to do by God. As a metaphor, the phrase typically refers to any indulgence or pleasure that is considered illegal or immoral.

Forbidden fruit

An alternative view is that the forbidden fruit is metaphorical, possibly the fruit of the womb, i.e. sex and procreation from the tree of life.

Therefore, there seems to be a long history about the sex symbolism hidden in fruit. According to relative scholars, apple is likely to be the so-called Forbidden Fruit.

Looking back, the red and soft skin of an apple does make it full of something sexy because of that kind of color and touch concerning visual and carnal pleasure.Besides, based on analogy,the fruit is the outcome of plant reproduction as the born of animal.This makes fruit connect with the shameful meaning which most people are unwilling to talk about straightly even today society.

Coincidentally,another fruit which  has the alike appearance as the apple, also has something to do with the ashamed symbolism.

It is cherry.

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According to A Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature, the use of cherry in sex expression can be traced  to the 16th and 17th centuries, when the Europeans regarded it as a way to talk about flesh sins which are forbidden by current church.For example:

Poets Josuah Sylvester and Robert Herrick liken "Cherrielets" to "niplets" and "teates" in multiple works
Forbidden Fruit: Why Cherries Are So Sexual

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One of the most notable use of cherry, which maybe be one of the earliest, comes from a poem in 1617 called There Is a Garden in Her Face. Thomas Campion likens the fruit to its most universal symbolism meaning today:

the sex attraction from a pure, virginal young woman.

It wasn't until the late 19th century that this figurative meaning started to become widespread. "

The image [of the cherry] is based on an idea of ripeness—and thus the virginity tends to be seen as something that, sooner or later, is due to be lost.

The notable slang lexicographer Jonathon Green writes in Green's Dictionary of Slang, in which he also traces the origins of virgins "losing" their cherry, or getting it "popped" or "busted," to the early 1900s.

In this way, phrases such as “pop one's cherry”,meaning the loss of virginity, began to appear as vulgar slangs. For one thing, the color of cherry could act as a membrane because of the blood that occurs when it is lost; for another, the choosed verb such as  pop or bust,  revealing the sudden, forceful behavior which is accompanied with bleeding and also expressing the ruin of someting cherish.

By this time, young girls picking cherries or having someting to do with cherries appear as a common motif in art.

with men like Frederic Leighton, Charles-Amable Lenoir, and John Everett Millais painting prepubescent girls' unblemished porcelain skin alongside deep red cherries.
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Also, under the influence of patriarchal society,cherry

Just as there's a perfect time to pluck a perfectly plump cherry before it browns, older men believed nubial virgins to have a "best by" date.
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The deep red fruit then began to play a role in female's clothing pattern and in no cases can a girl in bright cherry be considered as a gentlelady according to the normal expectation from the

secular concept.