Woman Plans to Fund Trip Around the Country With Her Body -- Ugh!

woman with backpack suitcaseWhen you're single, college-aged, and traveling, flirtation with strangers is inevitable. Okay, and hookups are, too. But a 19-year-old woman named Ju Peng is taking what could be a milestone in many young adulthoods to a whole different level. She has made international headlines for posting an ad to Chinese social media website Weibo, explaining that she aims to pay for her lodging on a future trip throughout China by having sex with different men in each city.

Ju's goal is to stay with a different "temporary, good-looking, under 30, taller than 1.75 metres, and, of course, rich" boyfriend every night. "[The men] will fund my transport to their city and all my expenses while I am there and they need to be generous," she writes. "In return, they get a whole night with me, my undivided attention, and a chance to show themselves off in the company of a truly beautiful girl."

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Ju says she's done this before and wants to see even more of the country but doesn't have the funds to do so.

Wow. So, although there will be no direct exchange of money for sex, it definitely sounds like she'll be "hitchhiking" by way of at least a form of prostitution. And while it seems like Ju would argue this is actually an empowering strategy for her, no doubt most outsiders are seeing this as sad, disturbing, or downright horrifying (especially if you're a parent!).

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Not only is it seriously risky for her safety and her health -- sharing a bed with a new man every night sounds like the fast track to STD Land! -- but it's reflective of some worryingly questionable, superficial values. What she appears to value in others (just cold, hard cash, thanks!) and what she values about herself (sexuality, physical attractiveness). 

This almost feels no different than the ever-rising number of women who sell their souls to become a "Human Barbie" and leave us wondering, "But, who are they? Weren't they ever taught looks are skin deep? Don't they want more than that?"

Likewise, doesn't this young woman want to be valued for more than her body? Why doesn't she respect herself enough to fund her OWN way (with a part-time job, like most 19-year-olds) instead of relying on skeevy, horny, strange men? Doesn't she want sex to be something she can actually enjoy and share with someone she cares about as opposed to part of a business transaction?! So many questions!

Ju says what she's doing is nothing to be ashamed of, and while I agree it's wrong to shame any woman for her sexuality, what this young woman is doing is obviously going to backfire somehow. In the end, it's a sad, extreme situation that can't help but leave you shaking your head.

How do you feel about what this young woman is doing? Is it completely wrong or just honest?

 

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