Women, Orgasms and Money (Warning: Misogynist at Work)

Ask yourself this simple question: Why is it that we find this advertisement for jewelry so amusing?

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The answer to this question lies in the way in which the two images succinctly capture a number of recognisable stereotypes and myths about men, women, and sex.

The first of these myths is that women are attracted Continue reading

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Virginity Auctions: A Marxist Perspective

In the first part of this story, we provided a quick synopsis of a number of women who had recently auctioned off their virginity to the highest bidder, with bids sometimes reaching millions of dollars. In Part II, we take a closer look at what’s actually for sale here and try and work out some of the elements—be they economic,  psychological or cultural—that contribute to the somewhat outrageous prices being offered. So let’s kick this off with a couple of facts that are almost as outrageous as some of the bids! Continue reading

For sale: vagina, unused, one careful lady owner

Ho-hum, here we go again, just another girl selling her virginity to pay for something she can’t afford. Seems like there’s one of these stories every week, right? At least that’s what I thought when news articles appeared yesterday about a 28-year-old Ecuadorian woman, Evelyn Duenas, running an internet auction in Spain, hocking off her hymen to the highest bidder. But some quick research found that this practice is far less common than first imagined. In the last two years, Google reveals only four well-publicised instances (with this latest being the fourth). Continue reading