According anti-feminist organization the Network for Enlightened Women (NeW), feminists are responsible for the commodification of virginity. In a post deriding a New Zealand college student who auctioned off her virginity for over $31k, blogger Ferrum lays the blame right at feminism’s feet:
Feminists must not be the ones to define virginity because they misapprehend womanhood entirely. The definition must be placed beyond their manipulation. Virginity is becoming a commodity because feminism has divorced women from their roles as wives and mothers.
No, my friend; virginity is not “becoming” a commodity. It has always been a commodity (here’s a little homework for NeW’s bloggers) – and still is, in no small part because of the same antiquated conservative beliefs NeW espouse. After all, it isn’t feminists who are selling “virginity voucher” credit cards, or who came up with these gems:
If anti-feminists want to take on the numerous ways virginity is commodified, they should start by debunking the myth that women’s value is tied to their sexuality.