If, as Lama Abu Odeh argues, ‘the discourse on gender and the discourse on virginity in Arab culture overlap so broadly that they are hardly distinguishable’ (Abu Odeh, 2010: 917), then understanding the ideology of virginity and the various technologies used to maintain it are essential to understanding sexual politics in Arab patriarchies. In Jordan, the hymen is considered the physical marker of female virginity, and its presence is of paramount importance to certifying unmarried women’s chastity, adherence to socio-sexual norms and economic exchange value as potential wives. As such, it is within the context of marriage that the economy of virginity can best be understood: it is an asset to be protected by women and their families in order to secure a good marriage, a return on men’s investment in mahr (dowry) and other expenses upon marriage and, finally, through restorative technologies such as hymen reconstruction surgeries and fake hymens, it is a commodity that is fixable, tradeable and transferable. In this landscape of economized sexual politics, restorative technologies like hymen reconstruction surgery can be seen as mere survival strategies, as technologies that perpetuate inequality and cater to the hegemonic ideology of virginity, and/or as subversive strategies challenging and slowly chipping away at this very ideology.