Did you see the story about the girl--the women's studies major--who is auctioning off her virginity to the highest bidder? It's a stupid gag as far as I'm concerned, but there's a perfectly crystallized lesson in economics in what the girl says at the end of this article:
"I think me and the person I do it with will both profit greatly from the deal." She added: "It's shocking that men will pay so much for someone's virginity, which isn't even prized so highly anymore."
So far, the highest bid is $3.7 million. I know there are a lot of women who'd like to think that virginity isn't highly prized anymore... and a lot of men who genuinely don't prize it that highly anymore. But the market is the best indicator: a young-woman's virginity in 2009 (this young woman's) goes for $3,700,000. In certain circles, virginity is prized precisely as high as this bid makes it look -- or else the bid wouldn't have gone that high! Of course, that number could indicate a lack of supply instead of an intense demand. :)
Also, I'm not sure what the hell she's talking about when she says "me and the person I do it with will both profit greatly from the deal..." All he gets is a loss of almost four million bucks and some probably-lousy sex with a girl who couldn't possibly know what she's doing.