Monday, January 12, 2009

Selling Virginity for Masters Degree

My daughter came back from Escondido (near San Diego, Ca) on Sunday where she attended a weekend Retreat.

We sat awhile Sunday night and had a great talk as she described her experience. The theme of the retreat was 'Discernment - What does God want me to do with my life?' and was well attended by young college grad's and young adults. Some continuing in advanced degrees some not, some looking to enter a tough present day work force, but all seeking a weekend of discernment.

From what my daughter describes, they had plenty of quiet time for reflection, confession, prayer and mass, but also a host of speakers ranging from, a newly married couple, a seminarian, a nun, a lay person who has consecrated her life to the single life and a resent college grad.

My daughter said it was the best retreat she had attended, especially at this time in her life. Being a resent college grad herself, she told us it is a time of discernment for her.

"What does God want me to do?" she would often ask herself out loud.

While that discernment process will still take awhile, she said she came away from the retreat with some new insights, that one, she is not alone. There are many that young adults, if not all that are in some sort of discernment stage.

Some will be properly guided as in the opportunity that my daughter took advantage of this weekend (I am thankful for that). Some will seek their guidance focused our Creator, some will seek their guidance from elsewhere.

Little did I know that just a few miles to the south of Escondido, there was a different type of discernment taking place.

Natalie Dylan 22 of San Diego looking to extend her college education with a Masters Degree, took a different path. One, I believe, will not end with her best interest.

she has decided to auction off her virginity to the highest bidder to pay for your Masters. With a degree in Women's Studies, I can't help but wonder what she was taught in class.

Let's pray for Natalie (and her sister who ventured down that same path) and all young college grad's and for our youth in general.

Discernment can lead down many a path. Some will lead to darkness and turmoil for the soul. Without seeking the guidance of our Creator, their decisions could be devastating.

A student who is auctioning her virginity to pay for a masters degree in Family and Marriage therapy has seen bidding hit £2.5million ($3.7m).

Student Auctions off Virginity for Offers Of More That $3.7million.

Natalie Dylan, 22, claims her offer of a one-night stand has persuaded 10,000 men to bid for sex with her.

Last September, when her auction came to light, she had received bids up to £162,000 ($243,000) but since then interest in her has rocketed.

The student who has a degree in Women's Studies insisted she was not demeaning herself.
Miss Dylan, from San Diego, California, USA, said she was persuaded to offer herself to the highest bidder after her sister Avia, 23, paid for her own degree after working as a prostitute for three weeks.

She said she had had a lot of attention from a wide range of men, including "weirdos", "those who get really graphically sexual about what they want to do to me" and "lots of polite requests from rich businessmen".

Miss Dylan said she did not think it was particularly significant to be willing to sell your virginity and insisted that she was happy to undergo medical tests for any doubters.

She said: "I get some men who are obviously looking for a girlfriend but I try and make it clear that this is a one-night-only offer.

"I know that a lot of people will condemn me for this because it's so taboo but I really don't have a problem with that.

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