Spotless reputation

May 15, 2008

Mary Evans accuses Richard Branson of helping to sexualise our culture by choosing the brand name, Virgin ("Lolita, lolly and lost girls", 1 May). Yet this ancient word has strongly positive connotations for the religious among us, as suggested by its synonyms, "spotless" and "undefiled". Perhaps easyJet would have served her argument better?

John Phillips, Department of humanities, arts and languages London Metropolitan University.

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