Selling Your Virginity on CNN

6 10 2008

Natalie Dylan is back again, promoting the sale of her virginity on CNN. We’ve discussed Dylan before, and she returns to defend her position on national TV and reconfirm that she has never had sex. She mentions that she is willing to take a lie detector test and a medical examination to prove it.

Surprisingly, she articulates her argument calmly and almost eloquently. She doesn’t come across as needy or desperate for attention. We’ll have to wait and see if she succeeds in financing her education with this auction.

CNN tried to paint her as badly as possible, and a CNN reporter even set up a college student at Dylan’s school with this loaded question: “Do you know a lot of college girls that are a virgin?” The student looks at her and answers “no, I don’t… and she really doesn’t look like one either.”

The CNN reporter and the college student assume that all college girls are having sex, and that an attractive college girl couldn’t possibly be a virgin. Granted, that guy doesn’t look like he knows ANY girls, so we take his comments with a grain of salt.

We know sex is rampant in college life, but you can’t assume everyone is actively trying to sleep around. What doesn’t make sense is why Dylan waited so long to have sex. If we assume that she was in a couple of relationships up until now, then why would she value maintaining her virginity up until this point, only to later sell it for a profit?

Let us know your thoughts on this…

Click on the thumbnail to watch Dylan on CNN. (via Break.com)

Natalie Dylan on CNN

Natalie Dylan on CNN





Dylan, Girls Gone Wild, Spitzer?

18 09 2008
Image via Huffington Post

Image via Huffington Post

What do Girls Gone Wild’s Joe Francis, former New York Governor Spitzer, and Natalie Dylan (selling her virginity) have in common? Oddly, the link here is not just the trace of prostitution, but also the story of Ashley Alexandra DuPree.

The fuss over Natalie Dylan selling her virginity to the highest bidder has brought about an onslaught of attacks and snap judgments over her highly public decision. We mentioned before that although Dylan might not be a prostitute, the act of selling her body in exchange for a monetary payment is prostitution.

The topic of prostitution is where Governor Spitzer of New York and Joe Francis enter our story. Spitzer’s national scandal broke out when it was discovered that he was involved with a prostitute (Dupree). Spitzer’s public shaming seemed well deserved because of his self-righteousness over prostitution and his blatant hypocrisy. He was not only a moralist as a public figure, but he also prosecuted two prostitution ring cases as the head of New York’s organized crime task force.

Joe Francis, witnessing the headlines Dupree was collecting, decided he wanted to feature her in his Girls Gone Wild video collection, so he offered her one million dollars to appear. He later realized that she had already been featured in one of his films, back when she was 17! The drama heightened when Dupree sued Joe Francis for exploiting her name to sell GGW videos, but later dropped the charges. She was tired of the negative attention and was working to move ahead with her life.

Similarly, The Huffington Post featured story of Debauchette, a sex worker who faced similar anguish when she was identified as a prostitute by her family. She discusses her side of the story here, after being discovered by her parents during a Diane Sawyer interview. The Huff asked in their article, Call Girl or Courtesan? Between the Sheets With a Debauchette. The funny thing is that if you read Debauchette’s blog, she clearly prefers the term “whoretesan” to that of courtesan.

Debauchette doest not sparse her words, and she provides genuine insight into the life of a sex worker. She not only humanizes the experience (as opposed to demonizing it), she relates the various challenges of the industry. It’s commonly expressed that prostitution is one of the oldest forms of employment, but it’s surprising just how much it can be vilified in today’s society, despite its timelessness.

It’s pretty clear that prostitution, in one form or another, will continue to exist as long as humans have sex drives, but the way we confront it and discuss it in society will surely keep changing.





Selling Your Virginity

17 09 2008

Capitalist?

Would you pay her $250,000 for sex?

Would you pay her $250,000 for sex?

The woman picture above is 22 year old Natalie Dylan (fictitious name), a student from Sacramento State University who has placed her virginity for sale. She claims she is doing this to pay for graduate school and get rid of some outstanding debt. We’ve discussed how people use sex to get what they want here before, but this is taking it beyond laundry duty.

Many wonder if Dylan is being entrepreneurial or making a terrible mistake? There’s no question that this is prostitution, regardless of any spin or marketing gimmick. Sex in exchange for money is defined pretty clearly in the law. That’s why the deal is being brokered in Nevada by the well known Bunny Ranch, the only place where an act of prostitution could be pulled off while still keeping the affair somewhat ‘classy.’

I am amazed that with all the trouble brewing in the economy, anyone would consider paying that much for one night’s worth of sex. Many have questioned if Dylan’s attractiveness justifies the high price, or if having sex with a virgin is worth it in the first place. Questions aside, enough interest has been generated by her publicity efforts, including an appearance on the Howard Stern radio program, that the media attention has pushed the bidding up to $250,000, and it could go even higher.

Dylan is a Women’s Studies major and is interested in working as a Family psychologist, so it’s surprising that she doesn’t see this publicity stunt as a potential deal breaker for her career. Whether you agree with Dylan or not, she has proven to be an amazing marketer, and perhaps this is what it will all ultimately come down to: attention.

Once she cashes in, pays her debts, will we ever hear from her again?