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The fetishisation of Jessica Simpson's virginity might be gone, but her legacy is forever

Caitlin McBride


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Jessica Simpson during Celebrity Sightings In New York City - June 5, 2006 at Streets of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

Jessica Simpson during Celebrity Sightings In New York City - June 5, 2006 at Streets of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

Jessica Simpson poses for the media at the British premiere of the film the Dukes of Hazzard, starring Jessica Simpson and Johnny Knoxville at Leicester Square London, 22 August 2005. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

Jessica Simpson poses for the media at the British premiere of the film the Dukes of Hazzard, starring Jessica Simpson and Johnny Knoxville at Leicester Square London, 22 August 2005. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA

Nick Lachey and ex-wife Jessica Simpson arrive to the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California

Nick Lachey and ex-wife Jessica Simpson arrive to the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California

Jessica Simpson (R) and Nick Lachey arrive to the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California

Jessica Simpson (R) and Nick Lachey arrive to the 2005 MTV Movie Awards at the Shrine Auditorium June 4, 2005 in Los Angeles, California

Jessica Simpson in The Dukes of Hazzard

Jessica Simpson in The Dukes of Hazzard

Jessica Simpson with her husband Eric Johnson and their three children Birdie (10 months), Ace (six) and Maxwell (seven). Picture: Instagram

Jessica Simpson with her husband Eric Johnson and their three children Birdie (10 months), Ace (six) and Maxwell (seven). Picture: Instagram

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees performing their hit song 'Where You Are' during TRL at the MTV studios in New York.   (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees performing their hit song 'Where You Are' during TRL at the MTV studios in New York. (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

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Jessica Simpson during Celebrity Sightings In New York City - June 5, 2006 at Streets of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

The noughties were, for all intents and purposes, a simpler time.

There were no smartphones to distract us; Facebook was still four years away from Mark Zuckerberg making it a reality - and, in popular internet culture, there were countdown timers marking the exact moment famous underage girls turned 18. Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen were casually described as "jailbait" with little outrage in response and young female artists’ virginity status was major entertainment news.


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