Duke University freshman defends working in porn industry to pay tuition

A Duke University freshman is speaking out after fellow students revealed that she is doing pornography to pay for her tuition.

‘Lauren,’ an alias she went by, was recognized in one of her films by fellow students. After her secret was discovered, many turned to social media — some to support her, others to criticize her decision.

Tuition at Duke University is more than $60,000 per year and ‘Lauren’ says working in the porn industry has allowed her to pay her way through college, according to an interview with Duke student newspaper The Chronicle.

“Porn has allowed me to set boundaries on what it is that I want to do. Everything that I do, I do willingly, I do consensually and I do because I love doing it,” she said.

‘Lauren’ said she wanted to share her story, despite the fact that she has not told her parents how she is paying for school.

“For people to tell me that doing porn and having sex, which I love, is more degrading than being a waitress and being somebody’s servant and picking up after somebody and being treated like a lesser, second-class citizen, that literally makes no sense. To be perfectly honest, I felt more degraded in a minimum wage, blue-collar, low paying, service job than I ever did doing porn.”

Click here to read her full interview with The Chronicle

4 comments

  • Silence Dogood

    When I was this girl’s age, I had opportunities similar to this one, that would have made a large portion of my financial burden disappear. But I asked myself how I would feel years down the road, if I had kids who found out how I’d financed my education, and I decided that there are some things that are more important than easy money. Doing porn may not be something she is ashamed of now, but she may see it very differently later in life-especially if she contracts some incurable disease from one of her “co-stars.”
    And this statement of hers-“To be perfectly honest, I felt more degraded in a minimum wage, blue-collar, low paying, service job than I ever did doing porn.” This really bothered me. There is nothing degrading about working some low-profile, low income job to pay off student loans-she is returning snobbery with snobbery. And I’ll bet if she could see and hear the wackos watching her videos, she would rethink her personal definition of degradation. She’s young-hopefully she will grow wiser with age, if she lives to grow old.

  • shannon

    porn industry has become the leading adult entertainment industry over the globe though gone through various controversies but still managed to flourish well. Porn is the biggest misunderstood industry…

  • Scallywagandvagabond (@ScallywagNYC)

    What is intriguing about ‘Belle Knox’ decision to pursue porn is her assertion that attending Duke forced her into it, because of its prohibitive cost, notwithstanding the fact that she was also offered other full scholarships with other schools. Which is to suggest, perhaps Belle Knox used the guise of hefty student loans as a recourse to pursue porn, not necessarily because she had no choice but because she simply wanted to pursue it. Yet if there is no shame to this (as ‘Lauren’ insists, and there ought not to be) then why all the secrecy…. until now?

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/02/belle-knox-duke-college-freshman-porn-star-naked-pictures/

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