The Empowerment of Pornography

By on 2.25.14 | 3:19PM

Imagine your daughter, sister, or female friend gets her working permit at age 14 and heads out for “an honest day’s work.” She absolutely loves her job; she make a great wage and describes the experience as “freeing, empowering, and wonderful.” Instead of being burdened by thousands of dollars in college debt, she makes enough money to pay off her loans and still enjoy life.

And she does it by being a porn star.

If you think this sounds abhorrent, a Duke University freshman who goes by the pseudonym “Lauren” (who Bill Zeiser already introduced us to) couldn’t disagree more. She decided to pay off her bills by doubling as a porn starlet, and after being “outed” by a fellow freshman who recognized her while viewing porn, she told her story on XOJane yesterday:

For me, shooting pornography brings me unimaginable joy. When I finish a scene, I know that I have done so and completed an honest day’s work. It is my artistic outlet: my love, my happiness, my home.

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Wait, being a porn star can have negative consequences?!?

By on 2.18.14 | 1:30AM

I sometimes call particularly asinine articles I come across in my internet travels "cathartic outrage porn." But never have I meant that as literally as in the case of a Mediaite story entitled "Duke Student Admits to Campus Paper That She's Also a Porn Star." The short version is that a young student at highly competitive Duke University going by the assumed name "Lauren" leads a double life as an up and coming porn actress. Some frat boy found out her secret, word spread around campus, and the student newspaper ran a (largely sympathetic) profile which Lauren found to be lacking. In a rebuttal piece, she took particular issue with being characterized as "distressingly naïve." Well, what of that claim? A choice quote from the original profile piece:

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