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Mon Mar 10, 2014, 06:04 PM


Can We Learn About Privacy From Porn Stars?

LOS ANGELES — I DIDN’T expect to become a porn star. People rarely do. I was 19 years old, and my photographer roommate had an offer from a website to buy some nude pictures. We did a shoot and then waited two weeks in case I woke up in a panic over the idea of releasing naked photos of myself into the world. But I didn’t, and so I turned to the required paperwork. One of the boxes to fill in read “Stage Name (if applicable).”

Stage names are common in the entertainment industry — whether in Hollywood, rap or pornography — and they’re used for all sorts of reasons. But at a time when people can be whoever they like on the Internet, when we are all negotiating who we are in which setting and for which audience, somehow the combination of a woman whose job is fantasy and her fantasy professional name can make people lose their minds.

Consider the recent hysteria over the Duke University student who moonlights as an adult film starlet. Although it didn’t take long after the news broke for her fellow students and strangers to gleefully post her legal name online, “the Duke porn star,” as she has been called by media outlets from Forbes to The Guardian, has tried to control what she is called where. She used the pseudonym Lauren when giving interviews, and the pseudonym Aurora for her stage name in those same interviews. Finally, this week, she acknowledged her actual stage name — Belle Knox.


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Warren DeMontague Mar 2014 #1

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Wed Mar 12, 2014, 04:55 PM

1. So, were you wondering what Mike Huckabee's position on pornography is? I bet you were.


  • "Sensuality-saturated society trades love for lust"

  • Porn industries make billions; but damage America morally
    Pornography has become a frighteningly powerful multibillion-dollar-a-year industry. It has, in fact, become the fastest growing segment of the American "entertainment" industry.

    Scare quotes around "Consenting Adults", even!

  • In a politically correct society, many of the evils of our culture fall into the hazy domain of "victimless crimes"--in other words, no one is harmed except "consenting adults." Supposedly these victimless crimes fall beyond the pale of justice. Any attempts to do so is instantly labeled "intolerance," "bigotry," or "the excesses of religious fundamentalism."

    Hmmmmm, gee, that all sounds so.... familiar!
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