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Belle Knox, Duke college freshman porn actress, the contradictions of society.

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Why has this woman been shamed ? Did she over reach her social standing?

Since the visage of Belle Knox, Duke college adult actress arrived on our doorstep, the media world and society has been in up and arms. Which posits the question what exactly did the actress do that so unnerved many?

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Perhaps the first question we ought to ask ourselves is would the case of the Belle Knox would have even mattered say if she wasn’t a college freshman at Duke, an elite university here in the US and instead a stray young woman from the projects, from the suburbs or from any other school of less prestige where many young women choose to strip for dollars, work as escorts, have sugar daddy sponsors and even pursue vocations as adult actresses?

Does her story only matter more because she happens to come from a supposed well to do environment, never mind many other women who right now are doing exactly what this college freshman is doing? After all it’s no secret that the media pays more attention to the ongoings of the beautiful, famous, privileged and glamorous.

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Reflected the guardian: Certainly, this young woman’s story highlights the priapic contradictions at the heart of contemporary American sexuality. As the misogyny-laiden tweets and college-age blog threads have so immeasurably demonstrated over the past week, America may be the biggest producer and consumer of porn, but Americans – young and old, and mostly men, of course – have little patience for a female student paying her way through an American college – at nearly $60,000 a year, no less – with the porno performance fees. Today, most actors in this and other sex industries don’t get a chance to discuss the 50-plus shades of grey that color their working lives because of the pressure to fight back – and the immediate silencing of their freedom to defend truly important life choices.

Which is to suggest this woman’s story came to inflame many because of American’s at odds relationship to their sexuality and their inability to reconcile with the contradictions of what they wish for their sexual partners and the status of what women ought to be.

It’s one thing to consume porn, embrace it and another all together to admit that the woman who they are fornicating over might also just happen to be an intelligent woman from a well to do environment who many suppose gave it all away.

Is the implication therefore that only down and out women are only allowed to pursue a career as a porn actress, because intelligent progressive women are too busy studying to become lawyers, social workers, etc who eventually will come to help such disenfranchised women? They after all know better and would never risk their careers to do something as so ‘shameful and frowned upon’ (that them other girls do)  than to be an adult actress? Is that what vexed so many feminists and magazine editors?

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Reflects forbes: Once upon a time, porn stars changed their names and compartmentalized their lives. You were one person in the real world — with a birth name, a mortgage, a family — and you were another person in Pornlandia — with a stage name, a box cover, a fan base. Decades ago, it was a way of protecting yourself, your family, and your future from the near unilateral disdain the culture had for your occupation. In recent years, porn stars’ personal information has been disseminated online, making it increasingly difficult to be a porn star with a private life.

Going on to add: Her mistake wasn’t making porn to pay her tuition; it was imagining she could do so without becoming a viral sensation.

So Belle Knox’s mistake was to assume as a member of a privileged environment she failed to properly hide her identity or fail to understand that the internet would eventually out her and shame her, because women of her elk, women who attend such privileged entities know better than to put themselves in the possible firing line.

And in Belle Knox’s case she has simply answered to hell what you or society may think: “I’ll only ever work for an individual or an outlet that can see past that.”

Which raises the awkward question is America ready to go beyond their puritanical unease with sexuality and finally acknowledge that the expression of self comes in many guises, even those guises that they may be secretly considering for themselves or at the very least enjoying in the privacy of their very homes without the fear of being judged for such sentiments of our collective human nature….?

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  • Bruce_Leet

    I don’t know “Days of Broken Arrow”‘s thoughts, but I have some guesses what he is wondering about…

    nude photo shoots don’t seem to have many immediate physical effects other than a greater sensitivity to the temperate of the air… but porn shoots can lead directly to the transmission of HIV or other STDs, pregnancy (and consequently a possible abortion), and in the case of “gang bangs” there may even be questions about paternity 9 months down the road!

    and there may be additional more subtle side effects of the porn shoots… consider the open letter written by Michael Kulich of Monarchy Distribution to Thomas Bagley… in the letter Kulich offers to fly Bagley out to Los Angeles and pay him $10,000 if he will choose any female model he likes out of Monarchy’s “stable” and have sex with her on camera!

    Kulich explicitly states that Bagley can choose from *ANY* of Monarchy’s girls! …does that not mean that some porn performers eventually get to the point where they will sleep with any person, whether or not they know them or have ever met them or even care for them, so long as some sum of money has changed hands? does that not sound sinister to you that there are “stables” of women who have been through so many porn shoots that they no longer even care whether they are having sex with somebody they know??

  • yabloca5

    Courageous woman. She has my support. The hypocrisies of our society need to be challenged.

  • yabloca5

    Courageous woman. She has my support. The hypocrisies of our society needs to be challenged.

  • Mongerer

    Would you be so kind as to let everyone know how you came upon this knowledge that she was molested? Isn’t that just something you made up?

  • guestinforums

    It’s her body, her choice, and her own future. Why is she being villanized for something she decided to do on her own? And more importantly, who the hell are we to judge or decided whether she is better suited for a pornography career or one that is a white collar job?

    Also, let’s keep in mind that we aren’t her psychotherapist so although it maybe easy to assume that her past has something to do with her life choices you definitely don’t know about whether or not she has been through any sort of counseling.

    If anyone has read her interview with xojane, I recommend it before you jump to conclusions or assume that any blog that has written about her conducted a legitimate interview.

    http://www.xojane.com/sex/belle-knox-duke-university-freshman-porn-star?utm_medium=facebook

  • Mongerer

    My point is that a great number of people disapproved of those nude and topless pictures and tried to derail the careers of those women. But that barrier was crossed and now nude pictures are acceptable. Ladies like Belle might help society cross another barrier by making porn an acceptable activity prior to entering another career. Why should nudity and pornography be so different in your eyes?

  • Days of Broken Arrows

    Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Joey Heatherton and other female singers posed nude or topless. Then there were the hundreds of actresses, Marilyn Monroe among them. Madonna was far from the first be pictured nude or to benefit from that. Porn is a different story and the jury is still out on how this will affect women — or men, for that matter — and their career choices beyond it.

  • Wes

    what a poorly written article….

  • Angela H

    Trend setter? For whom? She does not even wish to disclose of her true identity, so it seems she is a bit ashamed herself. Unfortunately “Belle” needs to change her major, or completely turn to porn for her career. Her choices will haunt her.Madonna is part of Media Marketing . She does whatever it takes to continue being noticed. Madonna chose entertainment , whereas Belle was hiding her choices while pretending to care about women and our rights.

  • Angela H

    Exactly right! She says she is proud to come out with her decision to be in porn and how empowering it is for women, but that being said is a sad attempt to justify her behavior. Any woman/women with a passion to empower other women , would never feel that a profession filled with human trafficking, underage teens, degradation of women ( as being objects) is positive. Most women, or men in the porn industry have been sexually abused and porn is part of the self destructive behavior that is part of coping in a twisted manner. It is also acting out and attention seeking. Maybe she feels she can now be lusted over, where as before she was not noticed. I can say I’d much rather be noticed for my mind, integrity and honor, rather than my desire to be used for an hour.

  • Mike Hawk

    There’s nothing to respect. The poor girl was molested when she was 5 years old and cuts herself. She is obviously traumatized and in a lot of personal pain, hence the self-destructive porn pursuit. These girls dont do porn because they want to, they do it because they need to. It is well documented that porn stars suffer from emotional distress and require years of therapy to overcome. I just hope she quits making up excuses and gets the help she needs.

  • Mongerer

    Hooray for her. It is hard to be a trendsetter, but someone has to be. I remember when it came out that Madonna had posed nude and those pictures might be leaked. The discussion was whether it would destroy her career. Not only did her music continue to be popular, but Madonna eventually sold a tabletop book of her nude (or nearly nude) photos. We can enjoy Belle’s porn now and respect that eventually she will have another career that she uses her Duke education to excel at.