Duke Porn Star, Belle Knox Interview Jordan

| July 13, 2014 | 11 Comments

Jordan Interview Belle Knox The Duke PornStar

The Story Of The Duke Porn Star – Belle Knox

For those of you who might not be familiar with the story of Belle Knox “The Duke PornStar”, I will give you the abbreviated version.

A few months ago, a story broke about a female student at Duke University that was doing porn. A student on the Duke campus had apparently watched one of her pornographic movies and recognized her. Despite her request to keep this quiet, the student decided to go ahead and tell his friends.

As you may guess, this created a whirlwind of chatter and at the center of this “controversy” is “Belle Knox” (that is her “porn name”) who is now also known as the “Duke Porn Star.”

Now as you know, YNA promotes non-sexual social nudity. But we also try to educate people about bullying, especially online, and about empowering women. So with that in mind, I reached out to Belle Knox to try and understand why she decided to go into the porn industry and how she was treated at Duke once the news broke.

Belle Knox The Duke Porn Star By Young Naturists America YNA

Belle Knox – The Duke Porn Star

Slut Shaming Belle Knox The Duke Porn Star

During the interview, Belle Knox mentions a term that we have not written about yet – “Slut Shaming.” So for the benefit of those that might not know what Slut shaming is, here is quick explanation:

Slut shaming is when a woman is shamed and / or judged for being sexual. Girls may be targets for slut shaming if they having one or more sexual partners, if they openly talk about or express sexual feelings and / or when they participate in sexual encounters for the mere pleasure that sex may provide (without having necessarily emotional feelings and attachments to her sexual partners).

Slut Shaming Double Standard Between Men And Women

Slut Shaming Double Standard Between Men And Women

In addition, Slut Shaming may occur when a woman has sexual encounters that mainstream society may disapprove of, but that she engages in willingly. As a side note, slut-shaming may occur regardless of if the term “slut” is used or not. If people judge a woman and try to antagonize her for engaging in consensual / legal sexual acts then by default, they are slut shaming her.

Also, I feel that it is important to note that in society today there is a double standard with regards to female sexuality. A man is still considered a “stud” if he engages in sexual acts with many partners while a woman is viewed as a “slut” or a “whore.”

Needless to say, YNA does not condone slut shaming as it goes against our world view and general acceptance outlook – what goes on behind closed doors, between consenting adults is none of our business and woman’s body is hers and hers alone.

Interview With Belle Knox “The Duke Porn Star”:

Q. Let’s start with the basics. How old are you, where are you from and what are you studying at Duke?

A. I am 18 years old and from Washington state. I am a sophomore at Duke and am a Women’s Studies major. I just finished my freshman year a few weeks ago. Woohoo!

Q. How did you get started in the porn industry?

A. I started investigating the possibility of doing porn after surfing around online. I quickly discovered that porn, and sex work in general, is extremely lucrative. I halfheartedly applied to a few agencies online; I sent in my photos and weight with a short description of myself.
Within days I was being bombarded with calls from agents telling me they saw potential for me in the adult industry.

Q. The first porn movie you participated in must have been emotional – can you share that experience with me?

A. Actually, it was exciting! We pulled up to this huge mansion in Malibu and the guy I was about to work with opened the door. He was super sexy. My jaw dropped. It was a bit awkward having sex in front of a camera guy but afterwards.. it was a huge rush.

Q. Were you excited about the whole porn thing or were you apprehensive?

A. I was very apprehensive at first- but, alas, I had a $4300 bill each month staring at me in the face.

Q. You said that you were apprehensive at first.. what were you most worried about?

A. I was worried I was about to ruin my life.

Q. So you do / did it to pay your way through college? Did you see it as a last resort kind of a thing?

A. Yes and no, absolutely not. Porn has never been a last resort for me. I had other options: I could have taken out loans, joined the army, etc. But I didn’t want to do any of that. I am 18 years old and I do not want to be in debt to anybody. I wanted to pay everything up front.

Q. So you never intended for it to be more of a career path? Why not?

A. No. I view porn as a means to an end: the end being me paying my way through school and graduating. It just so happens that I love porn and genuinely enjoy it.

Q. Looking back, are you still happy with the choice to go into the porn industry? Do you have any regrets?

A. I do not regret my decision to join the industry and I am happy I went through with it. I finally feel comfortable with myself and with my actions. I feel free. I don’t have to hide anymore and that is a beautiful thing. BUT I do regret my decision to hide it from my family. I should have been open and honest with them. In addition, I wish I had been more aware of the financial burden I was taking on when I chose Duke. I recommend to any students in the process of choosing colleges that they think hard about the financial burden associated with their “dream school”.

Q. You said you did not share the porn part of your life with your friends / family. Did you personally feel ashamed of what you were doing and therefore decided to keep that part of your life secret?

A. No. I was not ashamed. My father had just left for Afghanistan and I didn’t want to burden my family. They had enough going on without having to worry about me. And I knew my friends back home would disapprove. I just wanted to do my thing and get through school.

Q. Once your porn career became public, how did your friends react?

A. I had one best friend who hasn’t spoken to me since she discovered I do porn. Another of my best friends was supportive at first but soon became extremely condescending, judgmental and distant. It’s sad, but ultimately a true friend stands by you through anything.

Q. You are 100% correct when you said that real friends would stick by you. In an odd way, are you happy you found out the truth about them and the way they feel?

A. Absolutely. It just makes me angry because I am a very loyal friend and I always have stuck by the people I care about. My friends were not perfect people but I never judged them.

Q. You mentioned that you lost a lot of friends since the story broke. Have any surprised you for the better? Have you been able to make new friends who are more accepting of you as a person as well as what you do?

A. Yes! I have really gotten to know a lot of sex work activists and sex positive people! They are the type of people I want to surround myself by. I am at a point in my life where I am done hiding; I am out and proud and have no time for fake friends who judge or criticize me.

Q. What was the most difficult part of this whole experience?

A. I have lost some of my best friends and family due to my choice to do porn. That is the most painful part of the entire ordeal. I also can’t go to any parties on campus now without being met with glares and whispers.

Q. How does it feel to walk around on campus now that everyone knows about your involvement in pornography?

A. It’s bizarre. Sometimes people take pictures of me when they think I’m not looking. Mostly, people act like I’m just a normal person. But some people glare at me or stare.

Q. Have you seen a difference between the way your male peers reacted vs your female peers? If you have then in which way?

A. The frat population at Duke, for the most part, hates me and has viciously slut shamed me. Other guys think its hot. Some girls are jealous or slut -shame me as well, which is surprising.

Q. Why do you think the girls on campus turned to slut shaming you?

A. Slut shaming is the go-to way for girls to bully other girls. Being called a slut is probably the most hurtful thing a young girl can call another girl. Why? Because we’ve been raised to believe that sex is dirty and bad and diminishes you as a person.

Q. The frat guys at Duke – why do you think they hate you?

A. Probably not hate. But the frat culture at college campuses is a haven for slut shaming and rape apology. I blame the culture and the air of entitlement to women’s bodies, combined with the wealthy nature of Duke students.

Q. So, if this were to happen at a city college, do you think the reaction would be different? Why? How so?

A. Yes, I am positive that the reaction would have been different. There are many girls in porn who go to community colleges but the press has not bothered them. It is the novelty that I go to an “elite” college– people expect me to be an elitist who would never do something as “low-class” as sex work.

Q. What was it about your upbringing that caused you to think that sex is dirty / bad?

A. My family is staunchly Catholic and conservative, which of course influenced their parenting. They sent me to Catholic school, where I was indoctrinated with the belief that sex is a sin and that if a woman has sex before marriage, she is dirty and no one would ever want her.

Q. In your view, is simple nudity / the naked body sexual?

A. I think it varies from culture to culture; we in the United States definitely assign a cultural significance and moral valuation to nudity and “modesty”.

Q. Did they / you / siblings ever walk around the house naked?

A. No, never.

Q. Is sex just a physical thing for you or is there an emotional aspect to it as well?

A. Sometimes; for me it all depends on who it’s with. But the two are not necessary for me to have an enjoyable experience.

Q. What is your view on porn as it relates to women’s issues and society in general?

A. Porn expresses fantasies and fantasies are integral to our health and well being. Moreover, I think porn is a fantastic juxtaposition to the repressive culture we live in. Porn champions free expression, free love, and sexuality without apology.

I draw parallels of my plight to the plight of naturists and nudists. In American society, we have been socially, religiously and politically programmed to believe that sex is a sinful act and therefore, by extension, the human body and human sexuality is something to be ashamed of.

Politically, free sexual expression is viewed as a threat to the family unit and social order. Moreover, female sexuality is particularly demonized because men view it as a means of female’s gaining power and autonomy.

Why I Interviewed Belle Knox In The First Place

In closing, I felt it was important to learn about Belle Konx’s story and not because of the porn or the nudity aspect.

I felt it was important to shed light on the fact that she, a woman who is of legal age of consent, was judged based on her choice of doing something completely legal but that goes against some people’s moral beliefs.

Belle Knox On the Phone By Young Naturists And Nudists America YNA

Belle Knox On the Phone

In our society today, women are constantly subjected to slut shaming, street harassment and discrimination. Many if the issues they get denounced for are the same issues that men are praised for.

This double standard is part of the core issues that women in today’s society are forced to deal with and in my personal opinion, these double standards must end if we want true equality in our society.

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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.