"Virgin Whore" Med Student's Virginity Sells for $800,000 (Updated)

A medical student using the pseudonym "Elizabeth Raine" has sold her virginity online for just over $800,000. After a tantalizing buildup on her blog, "Musings of a Virgin Whore," the 28-year-old Raine finally revealed her face late last month, leading to massive influx of bids.

Raine, who describes herself as 5'10" and 130 pounds, says she isn't a virgin because she's a "good girl" or because she's saving it for marriage—she's not all that interested in being married—but because it's always suited her personality.

"At the ripe age of 28, virginity fits me like a glove. It is unexpected and unconventional, yet exhilarating and empowering. Now, having made the decision to sell my virginity, I cannot imagine losing it in any other way," she writes.

Initially, she launched the auction for the money, but as the bidding neared its end, she started to see it as making a point about attitudes toward sex work and female agency:

It is no longer about the money. Instead, very broadly, it is about how society continues to exercise control over female sexuality by chaining it tightly to female morality. It is about the fact that we have not left patriarchy in the past (we all know male morality is not judged by the same standard), and that a woman still cannot chose to do with her body what she pleases without eliciting condemnation and hate from those (or some of those) around her.

Although Raine is an American, the actual sex involved in this transaction will take place in Australia for legal reasons.

It's known that suitors from Serbia, Japan, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S. have each bid more $100,000 over the past two months, but Raine says every detail about the winning bidder will be kept confidential.

She has, however, explained what she plans to do with the $801,000, which must be delivered by wire within 24 hours of her first time: 35% of it will be donated to education for women in developing countries, and some percentage will presumably go to U.S. taxes.

Raine says she has considered focusing her future medical practice on the health and rights of sex workers, something that "never occurred to her before."

UPDATE: "Liz" has decided not to go through with the auction after all. In a new blog post, she writes,

"The bidding closed yesterday as planned (high bid was $801,000), but I am here to tell you that the terms of the auction will not be fulfilled. With the blessings of my management and the high bidders, I have decided to put a stop to this kerfuffle (to describe it nicely) and return my focus to my medical training. I still do possess some spitefully strong beliefs about virginity, prostitution, and a woman's right to do as she damned pleases, but school is my first priority (as it has been for my entire life). At this point, I no longer care about the auction, at all. This was a very easy decision."

So, in the end, she's not actually a "whore" at all. But she is, apparently, still a virgin.

[H/T CBS, Photos: Elizabeth Raine]