Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Do I detect a touch of double-standards here?

A report on stuff.co.nz today says that Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old California university Masters student is selling her virginity online. Since the auction became widely known, bids have hit an extraordinary US$3.7 million (NZ$6.7 million).

Apparently Natalie came up with the idea after her sister paid for her own degree by working as a prostitute for three weeks. As a result of auctioning herself, she's had bids from some 10,000 men through a legal brothel website in Nevada. Natalie has had to make it clear that this is a one-night stand only; she's not out to become anyone's girlfriend. And she says: "It's shocking that men will pay so much for someone's virginity, which isn't even prized so highly anymore."

That last statement is a bit of a puzzle. Here's young Natalie selling herself to make a heap of money, and then being surprised that people will pay so much. Plainly Natalie doesn't prize her virginity in the slightest when it comes to sleeping with some total stranger; yet prizes it enormously when it comes to expecting that stranger to pay some exorbitant sum. Do I detect some double standard here? I thought it was only men who were the double-standard mongers of the world.

The irony of all this is that Natalie has a degree in Women's Studies and is studying for a masters degree in - guess what? - Family and Marriage Therapy.

Let's hope she gets her standards clear before she goes into practice.

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