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The Iowa State Daily is published Monday-Friday in accordance to ISU’s academic calendar. It’s funded by the Government of the Student Body.

It’s an “independent, student-run, non-profit organization.” It is owned and operated “by students for the students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

And earlier this week, they published a story about selling worn underwear on the internet.

Hey, it’s “higher ed.”

The idea is introduced as just one more way to bring in extra income. In addition to selling used underwear, leggings and socks, there’s also a market for feet pictures and other images.

One of the sellers of used underwear, Leticia (who wanted to keep her last name anonymous), said she wanted to make extra side money and it’s something she could easily do from home.

The article talks about different aspects of the jobs sellers have to keep in mind, like privacy and maintaining good communication skills to attain buyers.

Desirae Mitchell, who the article describes as an “underwear seller,” said it “takes a lot to get started in this business.”

The article goes into other requests. It states that, often, potential customers will request more along with the underwear — like nude photos, videos or a “meetup.”

Mitchell said her mom encouraged her to sell.

“I think I will do it throughout college and then quit after that because I wouldn’t want to keep this hustle secret from a relationship,” she said.

And then there is this line from the article…

“For women especially, there is still a stigma attached to using your body to earn money. Though sex work, like many other jobs, requires you to be a smart and skilled individual, many still do not see it that way.”

Jacob Hall

Author: Jacob Hall