Hey look, Virgin For Sale!
Our economy might be tanking, but at least we know where our spending priorities are. While selling your virginity might seem ridiculous, desperate, or even just out of the norm, we all know that it is not. A bookstore owner bought Che Guevara’s hair from the CIA for $119,000. If Jesus graces your pancakes, you are guaranteed at least this months rent, and if you come across Marilyn Monroe’s notebook with her celebrity numbers in there, well, that’s an easy $90,850. But lets not give the celebrities and worshipped too much credit. Average people like Natalie Dylan deserve to put themselves, literally, out there as well. (http://www.dropshiparea.com/wordpress/2008/11/17/848.html)
It turns out Tim Harford was right, Life is logical. Although pro-life educators still push abstinence education programs in school, the pledges seem only an opportunity for teens to practice their signatures. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, virginity pledges may be ‘useless’ when comparing ‘pledgers’ to ‘nonpledgers’. http://www.lsureveille.com/news/studies_show_virginity_pledges_do_not_work-1.1598269 If everyone else is doing it, then its only logical that Natalie Dylan does too. If anything, Natalie proved that she could learn from the mistakes from others. Why waste time signing a pledge when she can set up a profile on the Moonlight Bunny Ranch website.
The up and coming ‘Marriage and Family therapy counselor’ was not the first to attempt and capitalize on the “role of women” in society. The Play Boy Bunnies implored people to explore their mansion, 50 cent took us to the Candy Shop, Little Jon told us how to Get Low, and Britney Spears Did It Again. Oops. Whether or not Miss Natalie earns a buck or two, I doubt the sex industry will pull a Bank of America. Natalie does have one thing going for her, however. “ [She’s] been congratulated for my "entrepreneurial gumption," as one CEO of a Fortune 500 company put it.” I bet Christina Aguilera is kicking herself for not being the first to think of selling herself for her first.
It is increasingly apparent that Ms. Dylan should be recognized as a model for all women; she is taking a stand by laying down. Now some may argue that by allowing the media to flock to Natalie, we are “sitting by complacently” (Global Comment) as the male mindset gets its way, but that’s only usually what happens. Natalie after all, offers her full consent to the issue at hand. Because Natalie is a “women studies” major, her understanding of the “Feminine Mystique” must allow her to avoid the “great crime against her sex’, which is still chained by being valued only for sexual services’. She may be in fact a better model for women than Sarah Palin was for the Republican Party. After all, The few minutes McCain knew Palin before hiring her for the job is about the same time Natalie will know her highest bidder, except Natalie will earn roughly 3.8 million, instead of spending 150,000 federal money on designer clothes.
Natalie Dylan leaves the Daily Beast audience hanging when she alludes to a future trend, but I fear the only impact Natalie will have on the world perception of women will be the impact she leaves on her highest bidder. It is not as if her actions will cause markets to hire less women, lets face it, markets are no longer hiring anyone. But if the goal of feminism is to ensure that women make as much or more than men, then Natalie is definitely making more than the average American man and engaging in serious academic work. I hope Natalie Dylan is right. After all, if horny teenagers aren’t satisfied with the sex industry as is, then I do not see any reason why childless parents should be happy with the adoption system. Does any one know where I can find a baby on Craigslist?