Natalie Dylan, 22, has decided to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder in order to raise money to send herself to graduate school. So far, the bidding is up to $3.7 million. Putting aside the health, ethical, and legal issues, is this a smart money move?
The cons: For many people, prostitution is something they would never, ever consider. For those people, this topic isn't even worth discussing. Plus, there are a multitude of student aid options that do not involve selling one's body. (How about a Stafford loan?)
The pros: She's raising money for a worthy cause -- school -- which will increase her future earning power. Plus, she's getting so famous through this auction that she could land a lucrative book deal, too. After all, the original Washingtonienne, Jessica Cutler, got a book deal and an HBO series out of her escapades. In fact, radio host Laura Ingraham suggested that perhaps Dylan won't even go through with the money-for-sex exchange, and will instead use the attention she's getting to generate cash through appearances and, of course, a book deal.
But one can't help but wonder if Dylan will regret such fame in 20 years.
UPDATE: Dylan has, in fact, signed a book deal.