• Sun, Sep 30 2012

20-Year-Old Woman Auctions Virginity For Hometown

Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian woman, is currently auctioning off her virginity online. Using the website Virgins Wanted, created by filmmaker Justin Sisely who will be documenting the whole experience, Catarina plans on selling her virginity to the highest bidder and having sex with them on a plane in order to avoid prostitution laws. While this is by no means the first time a person’s virginity has been auctioned, it is unique because of it will be documented as well as because of what the woman intends on doing with the money.

Catarina plans on donating a lot of the money to her native Santa Catarina in order to build housing for the poor. And that is starting to look like it’s going to be a huge chunk of cash: not only is she getting $20,000 to participate in the documentary, she’ll also receive 90% of the auction price. This will be $164,000 total in the event that Jack Miller, the current bid holder, wins the auction ending on October 15th at $160,000.

The highest bid for the other virgin participant, a young man named Alexander Stepanov, is currently at $1,300. From what I can gather in the trailer, he is doing this to allow himself to pursue a career while also financially taking care of his sick mother. As a side note: I went searching for more information on Alexander and it was quite difficult to find, which I think is partially due to the fact that the world doesn’t really see male virginity loss as a controversial deal. Despite both participants being over eighteen, there seems to be a lot more debate as to the morality of Catarina’s choice.

According to Catarina, she does not consider herself a prostitute: “For me, it’s not prostitution. When someone does something once in his or her life, this is not considered a profession. If you take a picture and it comes out good, you are not a photographer because of it.”

Anyway, while I’m not all about the whole “losing your virginity needs to be special/sacred/perfect” thing — I believe it should be pleasant and consensual and that’s where my standards end — I can’t help but wonder how it would feel to have lost your virginity on a plane with a total stranger. My main concern is the treatment of the both Alexander and Catarina and that all parties take necessary precautions by testing for STDs, using proper birth control and doing background checks on the bidders, which it appears they will be doing.

I also think it’s a little strange that the website also states that “the female virgin will undergo a medical examination by an accredited gynecologist and provide the winning bidder with medical evidence of her virginity. The virgin must provide a document from the gynecologist that certifies her claim to virginity.” Er, considering masturbation, injury, exercise and illness can all break your hymen, how exactly will this be proven?

Plus, losing your virginity is awkward enough. But on a plane? It’s causing me want to make a joke about overhead compartments and turbulence and other awkward airplane stuff (as Jezebel put it, “After that’s done do you have to next to each other and eat little packs of pretzels and half-watch ubiquitous in-flight movie P.S. I Love You?”). But I’ll just leave it at this: her body is her body. It’s hers to do what she wants with and the same goes for Alexander. As long as they weren’t coerced into this, I don’t have a problem with it, but I’ll reserve my judgment for when more information comes out about Virgins Wanted.

[HuffPo]

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  • Jenniwren

    “For me, it’s not prostitution. When someone does something once in his or her life, this is not considered a profession. If you take a picture and it comes out good, you are not a photographer because of it.”

    Okay, lets just get this clear: this is prostitution. Exchanging sex for money is prostitution, regardless of the regularity with which it occurs. You might not be a prostitute, but you’re still engaging in prostitution. Personally, I’m not morally opposed to prostitution and would support it being legalized and regulated, but let’s be rational about this.

    I’m glad the money (or at least some of it) is going to a good place, but there’s still something very medieval about auctioning off someone’s virginity.

  • Kj

    How do I put this? There is just something so profoundly exploitative about this. Obviously this person has a shit-ton of money. He is exploiting her desire to help her town (in theory) in order to use her body. Obviously he has money to burn, and it makes me sick that there is no other way to distribute this to those who need it except through exploiting this girl’s body. Sure, it’s consensual, but why does it have to be this way? Why does this situation exist in the first place?

    My inner pinko/commie is seething right now. I’m not against prostitution, but there is something so, so exploitative about this. I don’t think that I’m putting this very well, but this just… makes my skin crawl.

    • Nes

      So… you aren’t against prostitution, but you are against women consenting to have sex for money.

  • Scott

    I don’t understand why they need to fly on a plane to avoid prostitution laws. I’ve been to 30 countries in Europe, Australia, Asia, etc. I think the US is the only place I’ve been where prostitution is illegal. It’s perfectly legal in Australia (where the plane takes off), in Brazil (where she’s from) as well as 95% of South America, and Canada, Mexico, even Cuba.

    • http://samanthaescobar.com Samantha Escobar

      To be honest, I totally didn’t get it either that part either. I remember getting into a show set in Australia about a brothel so I knew that prostitution was legal there. Hrm. Sounds peculiar to me.

  • Scott

    Also, looking at the photos there is no way this girl is worth $160,000, that’s completely insane. I’d say $85,000, maybe $90,000 tops.

  • Laura P.

    Will Alexander Stepanov be active or passive if a man wins the auction?

  • Amy

    For $780,000 I think I’d probably do it (or would’ve done it)!
    But aside from the money, I know that it is festishizing female virginity but when I was growing up being a virgin for too long was something that you could be mocked for, it was something to be ashamed of. In my peer group (didn’t grow up in the States) it was all about losing it and the cool kids did it the youngest. And movies like the 40 Year Old Virgin still reinforce the culture that you’re on the clock and you should lose it before you get viewed as a wierdo.
    It would have been really nice to have felt virginity was something that had value and something that could made you desirable to others. Maybe then I wouldn’t have stressed so much about it. I don’t really think virginity has that much value in the West these days unless you’re super religious or from an older generation.