Student Who Auctioned Virginity Deserves Our Respect

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catarinaAs the old adage goes, sex sells! A 20-year-old Brazilian woman is auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder. The top offer currently stands at $160,000, but Cararina Migliorini, a physical education student, is hoping for a lot more.

When someone does this -- and many have offered up their v-card for a price before -- all kinds of insults are hurled their way: hooker, immoral, sick, perverted, slutty. But Migliorini is no prostitute or girl gone wild. Quite the opposite, actually. She's giving up her goods for an admirable cause.

The young woman is selling herself to raise money to build houses for poverty-stricken families in her hometown of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil. I actually admire that the dedication to her slum-filled community is so strong that she is willing to go this far.

Yes, it's a bit gross and she's taking a huge gamble. God knows who will win. The guy could be a total freak, or sleaze, or totally repulsive. I certainly could have never done this. But I say more power to her. She told Folha newspaper:

If you only do it once in your life, then you are not a prostitute, just like if you take one amazing photograph, it does not automatically make you a photographer ... The auction is just business, I'm a romantic girl at heart and believe in love. But this will make a big difference to my area.

Catarina's journey to "losing it" will be captured in a film called Virgins Wanted. It will reportedly chronicle her emotions before and after the big encounter. There is even a guy virgin participating in the film too. The auction ends on October 15 and the lucky winner will be tested for STDs and have to wear a condom when he claims his, um, winnings.

I know this will still be a hard sell for many people. What kind of woman does this, right? Think about it. Women have given up their v-card for much less noble reasons and to all kinds of skeevy jerks. She's just housing a bunch of families in the process.


What do you think of Catarina's plans to sell her virginity for charity?


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wamom223 wamom223

Hookers sell their bodies to feed their kids.  Selling your body for money is called prostitution any way you slant it.  There are better and more respectable ways to raise money for charity.  

nonmember avatar Rachel

It's true it doesn't make her a prostitute, but once the "transaction" is completed, she will have prostituted herself. And, honestly, it's gross whether it's for charity or not. But at least her heart's in the right place...

nonmember avatar Emily

To me, this is just sick. But I am an American living comfortably in my well heated, safe and secure home. I have food on my table and my kids are well educated and well fed. It's great to want to tie emotions into everything. You are supposed to love the person you have sex with. Unfortunately, when faced with such poverty, for so long, emotions and love don't always pay. That saying all you need is love - yeah - that is FARRRR from true. Personally it sounds to me like from the quote that she is trying to explain this away not just to the world, but to herself, I think she finds it as disturbing as many others do. However, faced with continued poverty for her community, or this, at the very least she can look at herself at the end of the day and say she did something. Still... I don't think I could ever...

Flori... Floridamom96

Why can't you have an opinion and express it without insisting that everyone share your opinion?

Procr... Procrastamom

Emily - I like your take on this.  Great comment.

nonmember avatar blh

Perhaps its for a good cause, but it is still prostitution. I would never have sex with anyone for money and she might have to have sex with someone completely repulsive. In fact I'm sure anyone who would pay just to have sex with a virgin or has to pay for sex at all, is disgusting.

count... countrygirl670

I wish I could have my hymen re-connected and auction off my virginity- but I don't think there's much of a market for a 45 year old re-virgin.  Besides, I have to face the fact that the $20 bucks I (might) make wouldn't put much of a dent in my mortgage.

ImaSo... ImaSoulMom

Yes, let's call it what it is please. If that is what she wants to do that is fine. Of course there are people who donate their time and labor (peace corps anyone?) that i will always consider far more noble. This is her decision, if she can live with it then good for her.

Adie0510 Adie0510

I have terrific regrets about the guy I gave it up to at the age of 17. And I didn't get anything out of it (literally!) so at least she can look back and say, well, the experience wasn't great (or maybe it will be but I doubt it) but at least some good came out of it.

cecil... cecilmansmom

giving it up for money is prostitution and no prostitute deserves respect. they deserve pity

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