I Would Go for at Least $ 4.1 Million. Guaranteed.

January 22, 2009 | NeW Staff

Recent stories about a nearby university sent me to the CNN web page this afternoon. On the front page, however, I was sidetracked by the headline “What is Virginity Worth Today?“. Of course I was intrigued and read the story. It was kind of a let down, to be quite honest: another story about a girl auctioning off her virginity on the internet. Experts weighed in on the sad state of the morals these days. The girl herself, “Natalie Dylan”, gave the expected “my body, my choice” argument:

“I feel people should be pro-choice with their body, and I’m not hurting anyone,” she said. “It really comes down to a moral and religious argument, and this doesn’t go against my religion or my morals. There’s no right or wrong to this.”

Fine. What I found interesting was the debate on why “virginity” itself has been so highly valued across time and culture.

“The idea that virginity has a high value harkens back to the days of early humans — if a man has sex with a virgin woman, he knows for sure that her children will be his, anthropologists reason.”
I am fascinated by this approach to social anomalies: to look from an evolutionary psychology perspective. While this school of thought is by no means sufficient in answering all our questions, there are many useful insights provided, especially about biology and sexual dimorphism. For more on this, as N.e.W. is a book club, further reading I would recommend: The Essential Difference  and Taking Sex Difference Seriously . These both go far beyond the simple anthropology referenced in the CNN story, but are interesting nonetheless. I am a bit partial to both of the authors as well. One is a relative of our favorite Kazakhstanian, and the other is a professor of mine with whom I am mildly obsessed.

I know everyone’s mind is on our new President as of late, but I needed a little break. I promise something nice and political next time.

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