A 22-yr old Californian student has attempted to auction her virginity on popular online auction site eBay. She claims she's doing it to pay for her college education, but a huge online debate about sexuality and morality has surfaced.
The student, who isn't using her real name, attempted to place an auction on eBay, but the site turned her down. She's instead going to be auctioning it at a public event in a brothel in Nevada - the "Moonlite Bunny Ranch". She's hoping the bidding will reach US$1 million.
The woman, who has a degree in Women's studies, wants the cash to fund a masters degree in "marriage and family therapy". How many families will want therapy from someone who's happy to auction their virginity remains to be seen. The student told a TV station:
"I don't think auctioning my virginity will solve all my problems, but it will create some financial stability. I'm ready for the controversy, I know it will come along. I'm ready to do this. We live in a capitalist society. Why shouldn't I be allowed to capitalize on my virginity?"
She also admitted that her mother didn't agree with her decision. The owner of the brothel, one Dennis Hof, unsurprisingly did: "I think it's a tremendous idea. Why lose it to some guy in the backseat of a Toyota when you can pay for your education?" he told reporters.
Do you think this is wrong? Or should people be allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies? Let us know (gently, please!) in the comments.