Just when I think I’ve heard it all, along comes Catarina Migliorini. If you haven’t heard of her, she’s a 20-year-old Brazilian woman who decided to auction off her virginity. The auction ran for several weeks and recently closed. A Japanese man was declared the winner with a bid of $780,000.*
Ms. Migliorini was asked if this decision made her a prostitute. She said no, because she was only doing it once. You don’t call a person who takes one picture a photographer, do you? Then why call a person who sells her body one time a prostitute?
Thanks for clearing that up.
Now let’s ask a deeper question.
Did Catarina get a good deal?
I’m sure she’s thrilled, especially considering that in a final flurry of bidding, the price shot from $190,000 to $780,000. I can just imagine her laughing and high-fiving her friends.
But did she get a good deal?
Solomon weighed in on this subject a couple of millenniums ago. He said, “Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth–except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10-11)
Solomon, by the way, was well qualified to offer this opinion. After all, he did exactly what Catarina is doing. He, too, traded his virtue for wealth and pleasure.
And to think people are talking about what an original idea Catarina had.
I believe that someday Catarina will realize she made a very bad deal. When she does, I hope she turns to Christ, who can give her her purity back. 1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin.”
*Reported by David Moye of the Huffingon Post, 10/24/12