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Imaginary markets in everything

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Feministing has pulled a beautiful little quote out of an abstinence-only education website:

Virginity is an asset that holds its value well.

Click over for a witty comment thread. I also have a few thoughts, because it’s late at night.

  1. What rate is it taxed at?
  2. But seriously, folks. What value does virginity store? Purity? The gains from marriage to a God-fearing mate?
  3. Even accepting the premise: since virginity is relatively easy to lie about, it should in fact be a very unreliable store of value.
  4. Past a certain point virginity begins to lose its value. Definitely by 40 you’re facing some sort of opportunity cost in holding this asset.

Unfortunately, abstinence only education is not any sort of asset.

(The headline is a tribute to this, obviously.)

Written by Allison

8 May 2008 at 2:40 am

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