For sale: a rare one-of-a-kind item. Can only be used once. No refunds. And returns are impossible.
That’s not quite the message being put up on the Internet by a 22-year-old student in San Diego, but the intent is the same. What is the woman selling over the worldwide web to the highest bidder? Her most prized possession: her virginity.
The seller, using the pseudonym “Natalie Dylan,” is hoping to raise enough money to pay for her education and has nothing else of value to offer. So she plans to give the winner a night to remember at a local brothel.
“Natalie” explains she’s earned her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies and wants to go for her master’s in marriage and family therapy. But to do that, she needs money.
eBay refused the ‘item’, so she used a local brothel where he sister works to put her offer online. “I don’t think auctioning my virginity will solve all my problems,” she told a U.S. syndicated TV show. “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.”
She then adds this justification. “We live in a capitalist society. Why shouldn’t I be allowed to capitalize on my virginity?”
How much does one night with this young woman cost? She hopes to make $1 million from her endeavour, perhaps reaching a bit. Many are already criticizing the vendor for her tawdry stunt – including her mother, a fourth grade teacher said to be unhappy with her decision.
But the owner of the spot where the final bidding – and the final act – will take place, doesn’t see it that way.
“I think it’s a tremendous idea,” counters Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch. “Why lose it to some guy in the backseat of a Toyota when you can pay for your education?”
It’s not clear when the ‘auction’ ends.