I admit. When my email box started to flood with this story, “Girl’s Virginity Auctioned for Millions: Empowering or Offensive?” I sat back in my chair for a moment and tried to gather my feelings. I wanted to be pissed. I could not find it. I wanted to be outraged. It was not there. I wanted to judge. I could not. Why do I care if another chic sells her body for money?
In truth, girls rid themselves of their virginity every day of the week…even for money. This was just tauted on the news as a girl that wants money for college. Okie dokie. No problems. As long as she is no going to claim mental damages or that she did not have a choice to get through college, then I am ok if she wants to hit her back to pump up her bank account. Pump away!
Now…there is something here that pisses me off. After a long speech on Tyra (see video below) about the dichotomy for virginity vs. prostitution, she claimed that this was the new form of feminism. Sorry, but the women of the world did not suffer to get the right to vote so she could sell her body with a 3.5 million dollar price tag. Or, the book deal that she has signed afterward. Didn’t I mention the book deal? I wondered what she would do when her college kicks her out using their morality clause.
If she wants to get the 3.5 million dollars by selling her “first time,” then I say go for it. Do what you can live with in life. But please…don’t color the hard work of many women who suffered (hence the word ‘suffragettes’!) for our rights as women. Having to spend 30 minutes pretending to enjoy the fucking habits of a guy that paid for the privilege is not suffering.
And, this action degrades the reality that we can and will handle our sexuality without the cloak of cover by calling it something else…especially something that is as important as feminism. I would have respected her more if she would have dropped the academic pretense and said she just wants tons of money. Hello worlds oldest profession!
One more hint…if you are going to use the power words, then let someone train you in using them please! The word is “dichotomy.”
Anyway, the question up for discussion is this…is she empowering or offensive? I don’t find her action offensive. I find her attempt to rationalize it by telling me it is for science and women…that is offensive!
She says that the vote is split 50% / 50%. What do you say? ~~Dee