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Brave Duke University Porn Star Student Reveals Her Identity With ‘Scarlet Letter’ Pride

Duke University student who's also a porn star reveals her identity.

One of the oddest things about the adult film industry is the stigma of those who are employed in it. The Duke student who became famous after another student outed her to the Greek system of the university has come out publicly with her identity, in part to show her bullies that they do not control her life, but also to help fight the prejudice and hypocrisy against women in particular for being sexual.

In an xoJane piece, the young woman not only told her name and showed her face, she also explored the profound absurdity of people who have incessantly bullied her, insisted that she shut up, called her an “embarrassment to Duke,” and told her to be ashamed of herself, as though being in the sex industry means she no longer deserves to speak, or even exist.

The Internet does not dictate my life. My sexuality is not some sort of blackmail to be used against me, granting you ownership over my life or my story. It is my life. It is my story.

So I’m refusing to let the bullies win. Instead, in revealing my performer name, I’m also going to let you know exactly the level of hate that exists in America regarding women who refuse to be quiet about their sexuality.

The sad truth about our society, including those who consider themselves intellectuals with high moral standards and progressive beliefs, is that it still hates women who own their sexuality. From childhood, we are consistently told to be beautiful, sexy, cute, innocent, fuckable, coy, and sexpots. We are given personality types based on how we look or dress–beautiful women are dumb bitches, glamorous women are stupid sluts, fat women are funny friends, skinny women are anorexic attention whores, and so on–rather than who we are. And when we contradict the stereotypes people feel comfortable with, the world doesn’t like it much.

There’s a very specific image of female porn stars–not men, because the men are either considered sexy Casanovas or gross old men, neither garnering criticism the same way female stars do. Women who do porn are primarily viewed as dumb hags who weren’t smart enough to get “real jobs.” With the exception of, say, Sasha Grey and Stoya who have achieved some mainstream success in artsy circles, most women who do porn are seen as dirty, untalented and stupid. The hilarious thing about these notions, of course, is that there’s a plethora of intelligent, business-savvy women who have built careers, companies and brands on doing adult film. As we saw in our interview with Savanna Samson recently, porn stars are more than capable at having large, successful companies, being great parents, and serving as excellent role models. Every industry has some dumb people–really, take a look around your office right now–but the vast majority of women in the adult industry are not brainless, and they deserve the same respect you would show to anybody else who tells you their job titles.

Indeed, Knox has been attacked online by those who wish to silence her with cruel words, slut shaming and actual threats. A few of those:

  • You should slit your wrists and die, you stupid bitch
  • We are going to throw garbage at her every fucking day!!! let’s do it GREEK FRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The school should either expel her, or we will take matters into our own hands and make this fuck up suffer. cheers!
  • FUCK YOU!!!! IF I SEE U WALKING ON CAMPUS I WILL KICK YOU IN THE FACE!

Naturally, when she went to the police about these threats (and they are indeed threats–throwing things at people, kicking them in the face, and making them “suffer” are violent acts), she was asked if she had recently bothered any guys. No action was taken, as per usual, because threats are so funny and meaningless!

Duke University may consider itself to be filled with intelligent human beings who live in the 21st century, but clearly, it is overflowing with obtuse children who not only believe in and perpetuate sexism, but also don’t seem to understand the concept of supply and demand. In her piece, Belle Knox elaborates on this:

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? …

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 a person clicks on porn, they are supporting it, and therefore have no right to critique those in it; that would be the equivalent of going to McDonald’s, buying a quarter pounder, then standing outside to picket the fast food industry. And really, she’s right: if a person feels the need to voice his or her disdain and disgust at an adult film star, then why not extend that hatred to those who are directly paying for that person’s career?

But then, wouldn’t all of these issues be null and void if we simply acknowledged that some people have sex for a living? Our own Cathryn, whose Harlotry series has been one of our longest-running columns ever, has had to lie about her own career path simply because so many refuse to accept it as a choice–her choice. And that’s what this comes down to: when a person chooses to do something that does not hurt themselves or anybody else, it should not be an explosive issue. It should not be an issue. It is not an issue.

Photo: Belle Knox’s Facebook.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    slit your wrists and die? what a horrible thing to wish upon anyone. that makes me really sad because you’re right when it comes to females expressing their sexuality society tends to freak out.

  • Kaitlin Reilly

    Hmm, so it’s okay for students and faculty of Duke University to view her porn (I’m assuming that’s how it was revealed she was a porn actress) but it’s disgusting for her to be a porn actress? That’s a crazy double standard and is completely illogical because you need performers in order to have porn. In conclusion, people are terrible.

    • Justice Delivered

      Students and faculty are probably mad that she is getting enough action that they will not. And, I bet the STD risk is lower in the porn industry than on campus :)

  • Crayzcheshire

    Maybe because I live in LA and it’s very liberal here and in fact is the ‘porn capital’ … but i just don’t GET why people would be upset in the first place? Like I really just don’t understand why anyone would care at all.

    • Hb

      I don’t get it either, it’s sad.

    • Justice Delivered

      Maybe it is envy, she is making a ton of money and sampling some fine physical specimens. Many of them may be dumb as a rock, but she is smart enough that she would never consider them for anything else.

      I (male) had about fifteen years of R&R without very deep attachments, there is not reason that a woman cannot do the same. When I did marry it was to someone with similar experience. That was over thirty years ago and we are still married with grown kids and grand kids.

      One more thing, mating is always about money and we cannot change that anymore than we can change basic sex drives.

  • samadams72

    She’s ugly

    • becksss

      Wow. What thought process even went behind you thinking this was a cool thing to post?

    • Crayzcheshire

      You’re entitled to your opinion, but is irrelevant to the topic. move on.

    • Justice Delivered

      I doubt that she cares what you think. Look at her response. Good for her.

    • Leon Smith

      Yeah she really is unattractive. Even by porn standards.

  • becksss

    “From childhood, we are consistently told to be beautiful, sexy, cute, innocent, fuckable, coy, and sexpots.”

    This this this. You can literally never win as a woman. If you’re cute then you’ll sure as hell be told that that’s not good enough and you should want to be fuckable instead. But when you actually are fuckable? Oh no, who does she think SHE is? She needs to be more innocent.

    The hypocrisy with the whole ‘sure we watch porn, but those who make it for us deserve to die’ thing makes me want to throw up.

    I genuinely believe actions like Belle’s are the kind that – if only slowly – change our society and our world for a better place.

    • Justice Delivered

      Belle is impressive for an 18 year old, pretty & smart, and she has the balls to chew them out.

    • ProperEnglish

      Oh my yes incredibly intelligent. Needlessly tying yourself to your institution was definitely a smart choice in this circumstance. So that at every interview for the approx 2k people graduation from Duke every year the interviewer can get a slight facial twitch and think “that’s the University with the pornstar.” There are probably hundreds of women and men who have worked in the porn industry while working respectable positions. That’s fine though I am sure they all received a bit of unfair harassment for it. What we have here, is the only person stupid enough to make an article to bring attention to herself and college in a way that transforms it in to a scandal.

      Keep on supposedly empowering women Belle. You sure as shit aren’t empowering any of your colleagues. Are the attitudes surrounding women and men in the porn industry right – maybe not idk. But that’s on your shoulders! Not a weight to be bore by every one of your Universities prospects you child. Duke definitely made the right choice expelling you.

    • FemelleChevalier

      The woman is being harassed, physically assaulted, and shamed within the walls of the university and her plea to be protected is dismissed. Her reaction is valid; she is entitled to defend herself.

    • ProperEnglish

      Defend yourself=go to the police to proper outlets. Who is she going to sue? Duke professors and staff aren’t sitting there telling the students to do this. What we have here is a girl who doesn’t think of the consequences of any of her actions. First she does porn and is surprised at what anyone with an IQ over 50 could have told her would happen. Then she brings her entire University in to the picture for no real reason. And yes @justice Delivered she has been expelled. It was moved to suspension for proper trial then back to expulsion (as is proper procedure) when the trial was concluded.

      Am I condoning shaming someone or harassing them (she was NOT, I repeat NOT physically assaulted). NO. Am I someone who believes people should think of consequences before they do them? YES! This is a stupid little girl and any who decide to follow her should enjoy their rude awakening and utter lack of personal, political, social, or economic success. Welcome to the world children. Where actions have consequences.

    • FemelleChevalier

      “…Welcome to the world children. Where actions have consequences.”

      I live in the real world. And in the real world, harassment, physical or not, deserves to be looked at. A person who feels threatened is entitled to be protected, regardless of their status, background, and profession.

      A private institution has the right to expel whomever they please, so long as the individual has broken a rule. Technically, she did, but that doesn’t negate the fact that what happened to her happened. The fact of the matter is, her plight was woefully ignored by the authority; that is as bad as not directing the masses’ actions because it is negligence.

      This is a fight (her fight) for basic human rights. Unless she offered/used her profession to harm an individual within the university, she has done nothing wrong to merit the dismissal of protection. And if you believe that actions have consequences, then look it on the other side: shouldn’t those who participated/allowed the rampant and continuing harassment receive a consequence of their own action?

    • ProperEnglish

      Exactly. Go to the police or staff. Or ANYONE who could do ANYTHING about the harassment. Instead she goes to a newspaper and puts her business on full blast for the world to see. Thus dragging her whole unrelated university down with her. But you are clearly close minded and won’t get why she is expelled. If she went to the school or police in the first place said student would probably be suspended/expelled. Like I said you won’t get any of this though you made up your mind about this article when you read the title like most dumb asses.

    • FemelleChevalier

      On the contrary, I am a very open-minded individual. With that, I can clearly see that any expulsion or suspension is valid to a point. Most of my life, I study at a Church-affiliated private school, so I know that any misconduct of any student can get them suspended/expelled without question as long as they broke a rule. I’ve seen it happened all the time; my schoolmates’ crimes are even lesser than her “crimes” (smoking and drinking while in uniform merits suspension).

      Saying that, my mind can’t comprehend the harassment. Her business is her business alone, and the university should protect any student from any harm. If it’s happening within the school’s jurisdiction (including college message boards), it is THEIR responsibility first before the police. They shouldn’t be told what to do; they should’ve initiated and acted immediately.

      Although it was a pretty petty thing to announce to the world who she is, if an action was taken immediately by the school authorities against the bullying before she acted impulsively, then I don’t think (in my opinion) it would turn this big.

      Oh, and if you’re a Duke student, then I’m sorry for your “loss”. But really, calling someone a dumbass is uncalled for. So is insulting one’s intelligence to comprehend (I did read and researched before commenting, although not as extensive because I have things to do so I apologize for some inconsistencies in my earlier comments), because I can say the same seeing that you’re letting prejudice cloud your judgement.

    • ProperEnglish

      Not a Duke student. And I’m sorry but “her business is her business alone” doesn’t really fly when you yourself have made your business public. First by becoming a pornstar (Unless you find a way to change your face), then by announcing this to the world. I simply think she is a stupid child who is CERTAINLY not worthy of any praise as she has done nothing but find herself in a hot mess then bring down those around her.

      And think about it from Duke’s perspective. These aren’t some half ass frats we are talking about at most colleges. Some of America’s most rich and influential people are most likely tied to this fraternity. Is this cause to let it slide? No. Should they approach with caution? ABSOLUTELY. The world is not as simple as these posters seem to envision it. I’m sure the campus sent out an email addressing the issue of harassment to do what they could while they figured out a proper solution (It went unmentioned in this article because this article is one-sided noise made by a little girl with thoughts only of herself).

    • FemelleChevalier

      First, while I do understand that she’ll be found out anyways (that’s why some pornstars take online classes instead), outing her seems a tad unfair. It’s not as if she’s flaunting her profession in the university and her work is limited only to one or two companies, anyways. Before this, people barely knew her work/aware of her porn existence.

      If only the tattle-tale told the school authorities and not his frat buddies, then I don’t think she’ll come out in public with her story. This issue is not solely her fault but a culmination of events that lead up to a public scandal.

      Though selfish it may seem, I can see understand her. As you’ve said, Duke is housing rich and influential people. These people CAN make their terrifying threats a reality because they have money and resources. By publicly announcing who she is, she’s preventing any further harassment/death threats that can be easily covered up with money.

      It is a good move in regards to her safety. But, like you’re insinuating, can be petty.

      While I do agree with most of your points, my main issue here is someone’s safety, protection against bullying, and the incredulity of the harassment. It shouldn’t be happening, no matter how much pride these people have for being Duke students. Although if the university have fulfilled/is fulfilling their duty in protecting their students against bullying, then good for them.

      (Oh, and aren’t only 30% of Duke population have a problem with her?)

    • ProperEnglish

      “By publicly announcing who she is, she’s preventing any further harassment/death threats that can be easily covered up with money.” Rofl? Please don’t pretend for a second that going to the police wasn’t the 250% proper and obvious course of action here. And please don’t pretend like going to any journalist outlet was any form of protection. There are individuals many times more influential, intelligent, and good than this girl who have been threatened in much more potent ways without any need of money to cover it up. Money is just the 98% security>100%.

      And don’t mistake having a problem with someone for liking them. This article effects every Duke Graduate regardless of who wants to admit it.

      If I went to Duke I would Step 1)Be meh bothered and wonder if she was expelled. 2)Wonder why she wasn’t expelled and go back to studying 3)Find out she was expelled and be like “K Nice.”
      ^this is the reaction of at least 95% of the campus.

      I’m sure these tweets were made by some drunk trolls (never actually accosted) messing around one night and BOOM now you have an article.

      If I have to put up with the police’s bullshit you better believe the .0001% of the time they are actually useful I’m going to give them a call and have them easily deal with this bullshit.

    • FemelleChevalier

      “There are individuals many times more influential, intelligent, and good than this girl who have been threatened in much more potent ways without any need of money to cover it up.”

      That’s the point, isn’t it? They are more influential, more intelligent, and “good” than this girl, so of course they can fight back on their own. She is just a mere freshman AND a pornstar, right?

      And I guess you aren’t aware of how influential the Alumnis and the strength of brotherhood and sisterhood. There are several instances of murders and abuses that went unnoticed and buried that involves fraternities. Although the victims have money, the Alumnis (who can be in a position of authority) have the influence and WILL protect their own. I can give you some instances if you want.

      Hence, her public announcement, though petty and can be considered selfish, is NOT a stupid move. She gained sympathy and public protection. So whatever happens to her, people know where to point their fingers. That’s smart.

      So no wonder Duke is taking her seriously now.

      “If I went to Duke I would Step 1)Be meh bothered and wonder if she was expelled. 2)Wonder why she wasn’t expelled and go back to studying 3)Find out she was expelled and be like “K Nice.”

      The problem is that you don’t go there, so you can’t speak for what 95% of them are thinking. I got the 30% from another article, so your opinion doesn’t hold substance to your stand (unless you go there and was able to observe). You don’t speak for them.

      “I’m sure these tweets were made by some drunk trolls (never actually accosted) messing around one night and BOOM now you have an article.”

      It was first done in the college message boards that’s under the university’s jurisdiction then expanded to social media and then in person. No matter how trollish it seems, dismissing their validity to be potentially threatening is unfair, and frankly, irresponsible.

      And again, you’re simply assuming according to what you believed happened.

      “If I have to put up with the police’s bullshit you better believe the .0001% of the time they are actually useful I’m going to give them a call and have them easily deal with this bullshit.”

      It was covered (in numerous articles) that she already went to the police but was dismissed. Also, what you said is an anecdotal comparison: what you deemed as your personal experience is incomparable to hers and doesn’t hold merit. And that kind of opinion (without facts to back it up) is a tad presumptuous.

    • ProperEnglish

      She is a stupid child who deserves her punishment from the school. You think with all the terrible things that happen in the world. Like I said before you sympathize too much with her because she is a woman. This girl has caused potent damage to her school’s reputation over some, what appears to be, middle school level bullying that she actually brought upon with her own stupid actions. Petty+selfish=/=stupid? Okay. If you don’t think a petty selfish decision that gets you expelled and brings everyone unrelated down with you is stupid then you must be as dumb as this bitch.
      Step 1: Do porn
      Step 2: Get discovered doing porn
      Step 3: Get harassed on social media (OH NO).
      Step 4: Go to the police or people that can help in the school. -SKIP THIS STEP NO DRAMA
      Stupid Step 5: Go to media outlets and blame the entire school for your poor decisions and link the school to your actions.
      Step 6: Get praise for your stupidity. Enjoy your fifteen minutes because you spit on your own future and made multiple people’s lives worse. (None of which are the people who harassed you)
      *Step 7*: Never EVER EVER reproduce PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • FemelleChevalier

      You know what? You have ignored the facts (like Step 4, because she did go to the police and was dismissed as irrelevant) presented in the earlier comments by inserting your own opinions — without facts to back it up — as if it’s conclusive and important.

      Then you’re cussing without offering more facts and reasonable insight and resorting to personal attacks? I thought you researched this thing, but I guess I thought too highly of you: her fellow schoolmates who bullied her posted personal informations online (even her number and address). That is breach of privacy, no matter what your thoughts are.

      I don’t care if she’s woman. I’m an egalitarian and I dislike extremists (feminists and MRAs). I care that she’s a human being who is being harassed. I would’ve cared if it is a man, so long as he’s also being harassed.

      And step five: the newspaper is a school-related interview so that her case would be noticed by the student body and a means to explain herself. It wasn’t as intrusive and she never gave her name; just the injustice that she’s facing through the continuous threats. After that, the threats ignited as there are no actions done by the school. The police continues to ignore her. That resulted in her revealing who she is to take a stand.

      Let’s just agree to disagree, shall we? This whole conversation is going nowhere (and is disappointingly devolving) and you’re being rude.

      Keep your opinion, and I’ll keep mine. Good day.

    • Justice Delivered

      No one could possibly shame Duke more that all those pedophile priests. As far as I can tell, Duke has not expelled her, but if they do she should sue the shit out of them for sexual harassment.

    • FemelleChevalier

      …I’m sorry, but not all priest are pedophiles, just like not all adult workers are sex-crazed.

    • Justice Delivered

      I agree that all priests are not pedophiles, but all bureaucracies eventually become corrupt. That also applies to church and educational institutions.

      Duke needs to get busy and reign in the thirty percent or so of the student body who are apparently working hard to punish Belle Knox. Mob rule is ugly.

    • FemelleChevalier

      I completely agree. Majority doesn’t and shouldn’t win this round.

  • loser_sneeze

    Thank you for covering this. She really is to be commended for standing up for herself and not letting them shame her.

  • Elizabeth

    I KNOW I should know better than to read internet comments, but I read some of the ones on the original article… One was like “yeah, she shouldn’t be receiving death threats, but COME ON, we can’t have little girls thinking this is a legitimate way to pay for college!” RIGHT, because she’s definitely earning fake money from doing porn. I bet on graduation day, they’re gonna be like, PSYCH, you thought you paid for college but we want none of your dirty sex worker money! Go exchange it for a more morally acceptable $250,000!

    • Samantha Escobar

      Two of the funniest responses:
      - People who think she should instead work a minimum wage job to pay for an incredibly expensive school. As though being unhappy, in debt and working full-time are somehow preferable to doing something you enjoy for a shit ton more money.
      - People who think money from a legal business will somehow not be accepted by OTHER BUSINESSES.
      And by “funniest” I mean “saddest” but I’m laughing tears of something either way.

    • John Atticus

      My main issue here is that she’s choosing to produce misogynistic porn and is being celebrated for it by women who consider themselves feminists.

      If you don’t believe me, read about the various abuse scandals from other performers involving the website Facial Abuse, and then, if you have the stomach to watch vomiting, look at her work for it.

      She is not producing radical feminist porn, she’s working on mainstream websites which by-and-large promote negative attitudes towards women and unhealthy attitudes towards sexuality in-general. And she’s doing it for companies that are almost entirely staffed by men in all decision-making positions, that also deny the existence of porn addiction and are doing everything they can to fight methods of dealing with it because it cuts into their profits (much like tobacco companies do).

      And let’s not even get started on it’s portrayal of racial minorities.

      And for the record, she had a full scholarship to Vanderbilt and chose to go to Duke instead. It’s not as if she couldn’t afford university without working in porn.

      I agree she deserves no abuse or threats and that those doing this are hateful hypocrites, I just can’t understand the amount of praise she’s getting from feminists when her work goes against feminist values.

      It’s almost as if the people promoting her haven’t actually watched her work and are just automatically taking everything she says at face value.

    • Lux

      Totally agree, it’s mental the kind of praise she is getting, and actually really frightening. Our sexuality is something sacred,if sex meant nothing why do people feel so desperately empty and depressed and dirty when sleeping around with lots of people? If you cant imagine your daughter, sister, mother or grandmother doing this without dying a bit inside how can you promote this as a HEALTHY way to earn money or even just live your life?

    • Justice Delivered

      Sex is not sacred, it is just as basic as enjoying relief from a good dump. Puritan unchristian attitudes is why many people feel empty or guilty.

      I was not one of them.

    • FemelleChevalier

      Hello there.

      I think you went off the tangent here. When I read John Atticus’ view, I don’t think yours and his are similar.

      Our sexuality, whatever it may be, is our personal choice (so long as we’re age-appropriate, anyways). The revulsion that you’re seeing stems form guilt of being sexual, especially in women. It isn’t due to the act itself, but the society deeming the act wrong.

      To better understand, think of it like a parent-child relationship. The parent (society) have a hold on us, because we are a part of them. Growing up, whatever they deem wrong and inappropriate, it will be ingrained to us. And depending on the parent (society), some of these on may include asinine things that other parents (societies) may deem acceptable enough.

      But we listen to our own parent (society) because he/she is the one who raised us.

      So now, the parent (society) has instilled a complex that is hard shake off, no matter how unjust and wrong it turns out to be. Hence, every act that doesn’t conform to the parent’s (society’s) view makes us all guilty.

      And to answer, some of these pornstars/ex-pornstars are sisters, mothers, and grandmothers themselves who raised a better family/who do good with their families than others. Now, how can I fault them by discriminating their profession/ex-profession when outside their work, they are responsible individuals?

    • PESTILLENCIUS

      At least, judging for the feminist praise she’s getting, it will be one of the last nails in their coffin. Feminism R.I.P 2014.
      How can someone defend a woman selling herself to Facial Abuse? It just boggles my mind, I’m a guy, that since my teens been left-wing and supporter of Feminism. The one that got women’s suffrage, independence, right to study and work, freedom from husband oppression and equal rights.
      Does the author of this article think guys go around praising the Facial Abuse animals just because they are men? Hell no, most of us have a terrible opinion of them, why would a real feminist have a good opinion of that (multiple times self-proclaimed) whore?

  • scallywag

    But what of the blue chip media? Why have they too refused to publish the Duke college freshman’s real name? Isn’t that what we do in media? Report and investigate and reveal? Or in this instance is it too tacky or too primitive or invasive to reveal this student’s name? Why? She is a public entertainer, her name is etched deeply in every google search box you should think to try. Why the holding back? Is that to imply there is also a collective shame and reticence on the media’s part to admit or acknowledge that an elite member of society (so I have been told of all Duke alumni) may be ‘sullying’ themselves to pursue porn because secretly that’s the work the kids from the wrong side of the track pursue?

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/03/belle-knox-duke-college-adult-star-refusing-reveal-real-name/

    • Samantha Escobar

      We don’t call entertainers by their “real name,” we call them by the name they go by in the entertainment industry. Otherwise every post I write about Tom Cruise would call him “Thomas Cruise Mapother IV” and every post about Lady Gaga would call her “Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.” We don’t call those entertainers by the name on their birth certificates; why should porn stars be any different?

      Oh, yeah, because you’re trying to publicize your own blog on ours and apparently on others, according to your Disqus.

  • FemelleChevalier

    Those students are terrifying. Don’t they know how to separate the performance from the performer? Not all pornstars are sex-crazed; they are simply people trying to make a living for school and for family.

    And does it make them dumb by default? Not at all. Most are business savvy and some are smarter than most. For example: Asia Carrera is a freakin’ genius and a Mensan.

    Tsk, such cruelty and double standard. I hope she’s safe.

    • JennyWren

      Yep. Whether or not they agree or disagree with her profession, what she’s doing is completely legal and she’s entitled to attend any school she can afford with threats and harassment. I have mixed opinions on the pron industry, but hate the game, not the player.

  • Lux

    How is having sex with hundreds of men for money being a role model??? Jesus. I totally agree that she should not be getting this kind of hate treatment , but to say that doing porn is better than having a minimum wage job is so crazy , I would rather work in Mcdonalds than be banged by millions of men like a piece of meat, at least I would still have my dignity

    • Why

      Totally agree, just because something is legal does not make it morally okay. And just because you identify as liberal this doesn’t entail taking liberality to its logical conclusion where getting hundreds of dicks shoved in you for money is suddenly a virtuous thing that liberated women should aspire to.

    • Crayzcheshire

      This is so… I don’t even know where to start with a response to this. wow…

    • Why

      Please do try.

    • FemelleChevalier

      Again, the issue is not the victim’s choice of profession. There will always be a stigma to it; it can’t be help. Everyone is aware of that.

      What is despicable is how people are putting it to such extreme that they’re willing to hurt/harass/assault someone. It is sickening because at the end of the day, she is still a person. They are hurting a human being who did nothing wrong to anyone; her only crime is contributing to a trade that is as old human civilizations for the sake of education and/or finances.

      Personally, I am more inclined to side with a sex-worker than a promiscuous person. Because between the two, the sex-worker is the one with a clear purpose; most have objectives and are just using sex as a means to an end. So as long as they know their responsibilities to their profession and to themselves, I won’t judge.

    • Why

      Just because no specific person/class of people are being personally harmed by her actions, does this mean that those actions should be entirely free from criticism?

      Autonomy is clearly a good thing, but as responsible citizens we have duties beyond ourselves; we have a duty to others and a wider duty to society to maintain a world where basic moral standards that are objectively correct (i.e. not commoditising a private act, and not holding the arrogant belief that you are entitled to do whatever you please if it is within the boundaries of the law).

      If I starred in a porn film, I would have a great time, and I would get paid well, but my parents would be devastated, my future job prospects would be harmed, I would be shamed by society. These are all good things; when the majority of people feel instinctive revulsion at something, it is correct, and should be adhered to by the minority.

    • Why

      Sorry;

      Where basic moral standards that are objectively correct… Are maintained for future generations.

    • FemelleChevalier

      (First of all, I know your secret. I chuckled at that, sorry. :D)

      The act of being discriminatory towards others is acceptable to a point. It is human nature to criticize the things they deem unfit.

      Saying that, a lot of seemingly innocuous things are deemed by the society as morally wrong (homosexuality, abortion, etcetera). The funny thing is, morality is a subjective. And in any society, what was perceived by the majority as right is what becomes the objective set of morals.

      But does that mean that it is just? Minority shouldn’t automatically cleave in compliance to the majority simply because they are smaller in numbers, especially when the issue is debatable. The minority should be considered, too, because they are a part of the society as a whole. Else, the society will be dictatorial at worst.

      I’m not saying that her actions should be glorified nor be the norm of the youth. On the contrary, I wouldn’t want my hypothetical children to be expose to that lifestyle until they are mature enough to make their own decisions. But in adhering to the moral standards set by the society, is it right to crucify an individual possibly to the point of harassment? Is it right to discriminate someone’s choice to the point of we – as humanity in general – persecute?

      In the end, she is the one who starred in a porn film. She is the one who would reap the consequences of her actions. Not you, me, nor everyone, but her. Your personal revulsion is misguided; her profession doesn’t make her lesser of a human being. And as a human being, she is entitled for basic human rights.

    • Crayzcheshire

      My impression is that she’s a role model for standing up for herself, and pursuing a higher education despite all the negativity around her… and NOT a role model necessarily for her previous life choices.

      And we all have different priorities, right? I totally understand that you’d rather work your tushie off flipping burgers, and as long as you’re happy doing that, and feel good about it, that’s great! Everyone is not like you however, but it doesn’t mean we have to praise or vilify their choices either. Just my .02 xo

    • FemelleChevalier

      …a role model is a stretch. While she should be commended for standing up against all the harassment, her reaction is not that unexpected; I would do it too if I’m being harassed like that. I’ll also drag my hypothetical adult worker friends to fight injustice.

      Besides, a lot of pornstars pursued/are pursuing education. She’s not that special in that regard.

    • Crayzcheshire

      I agree with you that she’s not special because she’s pursuing an education. And I was only echoing the phrase ‘role model’ because it’s what Lux used in their previous comment.

    • FemelleChevalier

      Fair enough. :)

    • FemelleChevalier

      …I’m sorry, but I think you miss the writer’s point. She never said that the adult industry is morally right nor it should be glorified. She is talking about basic human rights that should entail EVERYONE regardless of who they are and what they do.

      This is not about the black, white, or grays of morality. This is about a person- like you and me – who is being discriminated to the point of injustice. She is a person seeking to be protected from the public shaming, harassment, and physical assault; so is it right to turn a blind eye?

      Your choice of work is your personal choice; you are entitled to that. But to discriminate without knowing the whole story nor knowing the person is unfair, presumptuous and arrogant.

  • Cha Cha DiGregorio

    We have anti bullying laws in our state… I hope she does. It is and should be against the law. I wouldn’t be surprised if half the guys and girls did or do view hers or other people’s porn. This type of violence is sickening.

  • PESTILLENCIUS

    In the 1st minute on Facial Abuse Miriam Weeks aka Belle Knox calls herself a WHORE. She lets a stranger fuck her, slap her, choke her until she almost blanks out and has to scratch his hands, and spit on her whore face multiple times. She is the very definition of whore. Any real feminists should be appalled and distance themselves from this whore. This is why both men and women have such a primal hatred of feminism. You cannot reason when you perceive a member of your sisterhood is (supposedly) being attacked.
    Don’t get me wrong , it’s ABSOLUTLY OK to be into rough sex as long as it’s your and your partner choice but to let a stranger do it for money, film it and put it in the internet is probably one of the most disgusting things someone could do.

    She’s also a liar:
    1) Her father is upper middle class and she went to a top prep school.
    2) She refused a full scholarship from another college
    3) She has an account on a Sugar Daddy-type website asking for gifts

    • BDC0213

      The scene you recount sounds rough and based on your point #4 where the term “rape porn” is used, I take it you think this might amount to a depiction of rape. Maybe watchers will develop rape fantasies that could in some cases be eventually acted upon. Is that the concern? Because your other comments about her father, shopping habits, choice of university or referring to herself as “whore” matter not at all to my mind.

      You and I might agree that this and a whole host of other things are degrading and even dangerous to women. But I’m not comfortable telling another woman when she should feel shamed.

  • Charlotte

    How can people say that she is disgracing Duke when students are sending her horrible comments like those? If anything they are the disgrace

  • Curt Oleski

    Its her choice to do porn. If you can live with that choice. I mean is an education worth the use of her vagina to pay for an education , that once in the workforce most wont take her serious? I mean It doesnt effect me at all . But its cheaper to just screw for cash then go to school. We all have to live with the choices we make.

  • T

    So proud of her! I feel honored to read her words. Wow. Please
    interrupt ignorant people more and show them they are wrong. Duke should
    be proud to have such an eloquent, intelligent and brave woman as a
    student. She is taking steps forward for humanity. Thank you!

    • Robespierre92

      That’s sarcasm, right?

    • PESTILLENCIUS

      Do you want to meet another eloquent, intelligent and brave woman?

      She’s a 21, self-proclaimed…wait for it…Ardent Feminist. Check the (NFSW) link
      below. Only one problem though…she also says women deserve to be
      raped. Oops, I guess that’s a big No No for the sisterhood.

      http://feminist-rapebait.tumblr.com/tagged/me

      Don’t forget to check her soundcloud

      soundcloud . com/feminist-rapebait/all-women-deserve-to-be-raped