A 19-year-old woman is selling her virginity on an escort agency’s website so she can travel and is using a familiar women’s rights refrain to justify her decision.
“The reason that I want to sell my virginity on Cinderella Escorts is because I would like to travel, experience luxury and live my life and be happy,” Katya says in a video shared to her Cinderella Escorts profile.
“At the end of the day, this is my body, this is my choice and this is what I have decided to do,” Katya adds, alluding to the “my body, my choice” slogan commonly used by feminists and pro-choice advocates.
The Ukraine-born teen, who now lives in the United States, claims to be able speak three languages, including “English, Ukrainian and some Russian.”
According to the Cinderella Escorts website, her virginity has been verified by a doctor and the company ” has a medical certificate as proof of this!”
The minimum bid for Katya’s virginity is more than $110,000, according to the site.
The site also outlines how a winning bidder collects on his prize: a meeting in Germany, where prostitution is legal, at the buyer’s hotel of choice.
In an April 2017 interview with Forbes, the Cinderella Agency’s owner, Jan Zakobielski, compared the virgin escorts available on his company’s site to expensive commodities.
“What makes [things exclusive?] That not everyone can have it. For example, a very old wine or a luxury car which is just produced 100 times. A woman can give just one time her virginity, and she [holds] it for at minimum 18 Years. Further demand determines the offer,” he said.
The sex-positivity movement
One of the most fiercely debated issues in feminism’s struggle against the patriarchy is the effect societal norms have on oppressing women’s sexuality. Feminists have consistently decried traditional values as sexist, outmoded and oppressive attempts to control their bodies.
Conservative critics have bemoaned the weakening of traditional gender norms, including female modesty. And other feminists have agreed, warning that their lascivious counterparts are playing into the hands of the patriarchy.