According to CNN, an Egyptian general has admitted to performing virginity checks on female protesters after a March demonstration after the country’s ousting of President Hosni Mubarak.

The article reports that officials had denied violating these women to try to determine their virginity up until now, but that the general who’s admitting that the checks were performed is standing by the practice:

“The girls who were detained were not like your daughter or mine,” the general said. “These were girls who had camped out in tents with male protesters in Tahrir Square, and we found in the tents Molotov cocktails and (drugs).”

Of course — girls like that are no one’s daughter. It’s a well established scientific fact that if you camp out in Tahrir Square, you are a clone.

This peace-loving, well-meaning general goes on to say that the checks were preemptive strikes against girls who were sure to cry rape:

“We didn’t want them to say we had sexually assaulted or raped them, so we wanted to prove that they weren’t virgins in the first place,” the general said. “None of them were (virgins).”

Uh-huh…so, women who aren’t virgins can’t be raped, is the moral of the story.

Just to be clear, virginity checks are a complete scam, since there is no way to determine with any kind of certainty whether a woman is a virgin or not. Hymens break doing all manner of normal physical activity, and the vagina is a wonderful, stretchy thing, meaning that it’s not much different tightness-wise before or after sex.

The real dark and dreadful irony in this story is that while the general is saying that these tests were done to ensure that the women didn’t claim to be raped, if they were done by inserting a finger or device into the women’s vaginas against their wills (as is common practice for so-called virginity testing)…well, then the checks themselves were rape.