Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Going Rate for a Virgin

The blogs are buzzing about the 22-year-old who's auctioning off her virginity to pay for graduate school--interestingly she's reportedly seeking a masters degree in marriage and family therapy. Her undergraduate degree is allegedly in women's studies. No reliable source has yet bothered to independently confirm her identity or educational status--or even the authenticity of her claims to being a virgin. In fact, the whole thing has a whiff of hoax about it. I wouldn't be surprised to see her on some reality show next or with a spread in Playboy.

She has taken on the pseudonym Natalie Dylan, she says, for safety reasons, and she hopes to raise a million dollars. It sounds high but if we're talking the law of supply and demand, virginity is pretty rare in an attractive 22-year-old. As one person said on a private loop in response to another's comment that she wished she had thought of the idea when she was in college: "Um, I think most of us would had to have thought of it before college, when we still had something to sell."


anny cook said...

Hmmm. This is a tragedy waiting to happen if she's truly that naive. Thinking that nothing in the world is worth selling oneself.

angela146 said...

Um... she isn't selling "herself". She's selling her first time having sex. If she were selling "herself", that would imply that her entire being - her whole worth as a human - is based on her virginity or her sexuality.

I think we've moved past that - or at least some of us have.

BTW: I'm speaking as someone who *was* a virgin when I started college. I gave my virginity to my then-fiance, now-husband.

He has been - and still is - worth the million-dollar investment.

Susan Edwards said...

Good point, Angela.