Duke Porn Star Revealed, Challenges Double Standards

Since being outed by a classmate during a Greek rush event, her story has thrown the internet into a moral uproar. Until now, the Duke freshman moonlighting as a porn star was simply known under the monikers “Lauren” and “Aurora”.

Men and women alike have sought to their keyboards to express their disdain for this young university student who also happens to be in the porn industry. From Twitter to message boards, people have attempted to define her as a slut and a whore, with some even commenting that “She deserves to be raped.”

Rather than letting the internet control her public image, she revealed her performer name in xoJane and Playboy SFW to shed light on “the level of hate that exists in America regarding women who refuse to be quiet about their sexuality.”

From xoJane, Belle Knox writes:

The adult industry racks up $13.3 billion in the U.S. alone, and do we honestly wish collective evil, shame and condemnation upon every human being involved in this gigantic (and I would add, legitimate) business? Because that is incredibly disturbing to me. I don’t even care if you are condemning me, but look at the thousands of other women who you are condemning as well.

 

Do you really think you are better than us? Perhaps ask your husband or boyfriend or son or brother (or your wife or girlfriend or daughter or sister) if they have ever watched porn. Do they also deserve bad things and terrifying threats against their safety? No? Then look at the double standard you are employing. Look at the hate you are so comfortable inflicting upon the performers but not on the consumers who drive the industry’s success and profitability.

When asked by Playboy why she decided to join porn in the first place, she replied frankly,

The fact that the only viable options to pay for college are to take out gigantic student loans, to not go to college at all or to join the sex industry really says something. We need to recognize that there’s a gap between what middle-class and upper-middle-class families can pay and what they’re asked to pay. We also need to stop looking at loans as a solution to fix our education system, because they’re crippling our economy.

Knox’s reasons for becoming an adult performer are her own, as is her identity both on screen and in her personal life. As for the rest of us, her message is a powerful reminder that our generation is not as progressive as we think.

Picthx Belle Knox

 

Duke Porn Star Revealed, Challenges Double Standards


Charisma Madarang

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