Chasing Amy ?/Alyssa's virginity

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Posted by Madeline at on January 17, 2001 at 11:54:15:

I was rewatching Chasing Amy and had a question about the issue of Alyssa's virginity. In the scene where Holden and Alyssa first meet she is proving her familiarity with New Jersey and says "lost my virginity there."
Then Holden spends a long time believeing that he was the first man Alyssa was ever with, do you think Holden forgot that comment, shoved it aside because it would have skewed his picture of Alyssa, or just chalked it up to a "non-traditional" loss of virginity?
Also, why do you think Alyssa was so careful not to reveal her sexual experiences to Holden in the scene at the swings? At that point she wasn't really involved with him, but she was clearly evasive about having ever been with a man. Anyone have opinions as to why?
If answers to these questions have already been given by Kevin, I do apologize, I checked the summeries and didn't see anything. Besides, I'm not just looking for Kevin's answer (altohugh that'd be interesting) I'm curious to see how other people interpret these things too.

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