s 22-year-old Natalie Dylan making a “potentially lucrative” business deal by auctioning off her virginity to pay for college, said Jeremy Taylor in AOL News, “or is it an immoral act with long-term ramifications?” It’s hard to say. But even though she’s using a pseudonym, “there is a good chance her real name will get on the Internet,” which may not be appealing to “boyfriends, potential employers, and future grandchildren.”
But “can anyone in the modern world provide a compelling reason why this is wrong?” said Genevieve Kineke in Feminine Genius. It’s certainly consistent “with the ‘values’ peddled around the clock by our pop culture.” And besides, “a woman owns her body” and can enter into “whatever transactions she likes.”
But virginity is a “beautiful gift” from God, said Dennis Babish in The Point, and it’s “meant only for that special man in marriage.” And what’s astonishing is that “she wants to do this so she can go to college and receive a master's in marriage and family therapy,” and “she already has a bachelor's degree in women's studies”—talk about a “disconnect.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How my boyfriend and I learned to live on one income
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- Affirmative action is doomed. Here's what progressives should do about it.
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why the poor's investment of choice is so alarming
- Why conservatives see rural America as the 'real' America
- Why China's Communist Party is headed for collapse
- How to make perfect fried rice in 6 easy steps
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- Why Texas Republicans may want to cool the anti-Obama land-grab talk
Subscribe to the Week