UPDATE: the auction has now finished and it looks like a woman had the highest bid. Thankfully! (of $3000).
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to contribute, I really appreciate the compassion and generosity that you showed.
I came across an article today in the Fairfax Daily Life website:
Initially I thought “oh yes, just another virginity for sale story”. I thought it was going to be about a guy auctioning his virginity as we read about women doing occasionally. In principle I don’t have a problem with this sort of thing. We live in a world where everything is driven by money, so if a person is mature enough and self directed to auction their virginity then it’s a genuine way to get ahead, pay for your education, put down a deposit for a house etc. It makes sense and if you are an adult then no-one can stop you, even if I might advise against it personally.
What was described in this article though is utterly wrong.