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Duke freshman porn star reveals herself

Posted March 4

— After creating national controversy last month after her part-time job was revealed, a Duke University freshman who performs in adult films to pay for tuition revealed her face and name – kinda.

In a new piece on the website XO Jane, where she penned a lengthy op-ed in February explaining her decision to go into porn, the student showed her face and gave her stage name – Belle Knox.

“The Internet does not dictate my life,” she wrote. “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.”

While she continues to receive backlash, she identifies herself as a martyr for women, especially those in the sex industry.

"My name is Belle Knox, and I wear my Scarlet Letter with pride," she wrote.

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  • sunneyone2 Mar 14, 2:10 p.m.

    How is this any different than people who strip to pay their way through college? If she's a consenting adult, so what?

  • jg01 Mar 12, 9:16 a.m.

    Ms. Knox is, from what I gather: an 18yo adult; she is choosing this lifestyle of her own volition; she is not being coerced into doing porn. So again, what is the problem? Our opinions of her lifestyle choices do not matter, they are her choices. She will have to deal with the consequences. I think most people, myself included, do not believe her choice of occupation is empowering to women, but again, she is an adult and has made the choice.

    Again, her occupation would not even exist without patrons like Mr. Bagley. How do the viewers of porn participate in the degradation of these women? There are people like Mr. Bagley lining up to pay to watch the very abuse you claim that she is suffering. What is their responsibility in ensuring that this abuse continues?

  • westernwake1 Mar 11, 2:17 p.m.

    'Bottom line: "Belle Knox" is performing in adult films where she is getting "choked, slapped in... View More

    — Posted by jg01

    Yes, but it absurd for "Belle Knox" to claim that she needed to act in adult movies to pay her college expenses at Duke, or that it in any way "empowered women" in any sort of feminist ideal. This two untrue claims - first exposed her family to internet wrath regarding the university tuition, and also set back the agenda of actual feminists who attempt to help victims of sexual violence.

    Sadly, "Belle Knox" is very much stuck in the adult film industry for life now, and is very unlikely to be employed in a mainstream career.

  • jg01 Mar 11, 1:07 p.m.

    'Bottom line: "Belle Knox" is performing in adult films where she is getting "choked, slapped in the head, and forced roughly to perform uncomfortable sex acts" because she enjoys performing in these films.'

    I suppose that we can also conclude that Mr. Bagley enjoys watching porn, including porn that shows women being "choked, slapped in the head, and forced roughly to perform uncomfortable sex acts", free or otherwise.

  • westernwake1 Mar 11, 9:19 a.m.

    Mr. Bagley found her as a paid subscriber to FacialAbuse.com.

    — Posted by jg01

    Actually he did not. Despite the claims from the owner of the facial abuse website in his now infamous open letter, Mr. Bagley found her on a free adult video site (as per recent statements attributed to him). As noted in the media, her films are on hundreds of free and paid adult sites. Many times "Belle Knox" films are featured at the top of free adult websites as advertising to guide viewers to paid websites.

  • westernwake1 Mar 11, 8:48 a.m.

    Her story that she was performing in adult movies because she needed to pay her college tuition has fallen completely apart over the weekend. "Belle Knox's" father, a wealthy doctor earning over $200K per year, has come out stating that he has been paying her tuition and college expenses in full. Prior Duke, she attended Gonzaga Prep School in Spokane where her parents paid the $11,000 a year tuition.

    'Heartbroken' devout Catholic Army doctor returns from Afghanistan to find beloved daughter is the Duke student 'Belle Knox' starring in X-rated films

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2577362/EXCLUSIVE-Welcome-home-daddy-Im-porn-star-Heartbroken-devout-Catholic-Army-doctor-returns-Afghanistan-beloved-daughter-Duke-student-starring-X-rated-films.html

    Bottom line: "Belle Knox" is performing in adult films where she is getting "choked, slapped in the head, and forced roughly to perform uncomfortable sex acts" because she enjoys performing in these films.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Mar 11, 8:40 a.m.

    Perfect example of the media and porn walking hand in hand into the sunset

  • jg01 Mar 10, 2:33 p.m.

    Mr. Bagley found her as a paid subscriber to FacialAbuse.com.

  • jg01 Mar 10, 2:24 p.m.

    'If you are going to "out" the student at Duke who found her films on-line...'

    1. 'found her on-line', well yes, Mr. Bagley her as a paid subscriber to FacialAbuse.com.

    2. I did not 'out' Mr. Bagley, several other media sources, as well as the porn subscription service that he uses, have already done that:
    http://gawker.com/porn-ceo-duke-freshman-who-outed-belle-knox-is-into-ro-1538717810

    3. Since Mr. Bagley chose to 'out' this girl, he should be prepared to deal with the consequences of his actions, just as she should. It works both ways. This info is easy to access and publicly accessible. Her face has been plastered all over the internet, in the local and national news, what more info do you want to know about this girl?

    4. And another thought, if people have a problem with porn, pornographers or performers, they only exist because there is a clearly a paid market for their 'product' (i.e., paid subscribers like Mr. Bagley).

  • HeadsUp Mar 10, 11:11 a.m.

    One of "Belle's" vids shows her getting repeatedly choked, slapped in the head, and forced roughly to perform uncomfortable sex acts.

    This violent degradation is women's empowerment?

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