Dr. Lisa Goes Head-to-Head With Owner of Brothel on CNN

19 09 2008

Last week I appeared on CNN with Dennis Hof, the owner of the most famous legal brothel in Nevada. The topic was a 22-year-old who was auctioning off her virginity to help pay for graduate school-she wants to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. Yikes! Things got pretty heated on the show…..

As you can imagine, I wasn’t a fan of the idea. It’s her body and her choice as to what she wants to do with it (this is NOT the first auction of this kind). But what effect will this very public auction have on young girls graduating from high school-especially  if their family doesn’t have money to send them to college?

Will these girls decide to finance their education by auctioning off their virginity to the highest bidder?

I have a Ph.D in Psychology and paid for my education with a combination of waitressing, student loans, and low-paying counseling jobs. What about those options?

This public “virginity auction” comes at an interesting time. Virginity is actually fashionable again now that The Jonas Brothers and other pop stars are talking about the virtue of waiting until marriage to have sex. Even if teens can’t wait until marriage, don’t we at least want them to wait until they’re in a committed relationship-rather than the one with the most CASH?

I find it sad….for the auctionee, but mostly for the young people who will hear about her and think it’s a good idea.

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3 responses

24 09 2008
Heidi

YOU GO LISA! You are so great. I love what you are doing! (Heidi from the “Relationships” seminar in San Diego around 2004)

26 09 2008
Julie at Cool Mom Guide

Wow, that’s sick. How is that even legal? These girls don’t realize the impact your first has on you. It’s not like she’d soon forget about it. That’s something she’d have to carry with her. What if in time she has a daughter of her own and they have “the talk”? What would she even say if she was asked? Makes me very sad.

27 09 2008
drlisab

Hello Julie,
Thanks for stopping by- please look around and have fun!

It is only legal within the boundaries of the “Bunny Ranch” which is a legal brothel in the state of Nevada. Thank goodness it isn’t legal anywhere else in the US.

She called into the Oprah show today and stated it was “research”…..hmmmm

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