Duke Student Outed As a Porn Actress Responds to Critics

A Duke University freshman who was outed as an adult actress by a fellow student defended her economic and lifestyle choices in an interview with Duke’s student paper, “The Duke Chronicle“.

The student, who is referred to as “Lauren” in the article to limit the exposure of her true identity (her parents don’t know), explains that the choice to enter the porn industry was to help supplement her financial aid at the $60,000 per year institution.

She flies to Los Angeles to film during breaks, each trip paid for by her modeling agency, Matrix Models.

Although she found her first experience initially awkward, she now feels quite at home in the adult industry business.

“I have always been a very sexual person, and I’m also bisexual, but I haven’t ever felt really welcome,” said Lauren. “But when I’m in Pornland, I feel at home. This is where I’m meant to be, with these people who love sex and are comfortable about it.”

She also takes issue to the idea that her job is degrading to women.

“I worked as a waitress as a job for a year in high school and not only did it interfere with my school where I was barely sleeping and wasn’t doing my work, but also I was making $400 a month after taxes. I felt like I was being degraded and treated like s–t. My boss was horrible to me,” Lauren said. “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.”

Everything fell apart when a fellow freshman recognized her in a porn he’d seen.  Lauren confessed that she was indeed the girl in the video and begged him to keep her secret.  He agreed, but broke the promise later that evening at a rush event.

The news spread like wildfire and so did the comments, especially in the social media.

“If I could do it again, I don’t know if I would’ve done porn. I don’t know if I would’ve gone to Duke,” said Lauren. “After how I’ve been treated, I sometimes find myself wondering…. I had scholarships to other schools where I would’ve had to pay nothing. But I chose Duke because I thought it would be a great place for me—I thought that I belonged here.”

Lauren has since penned her account on XOJane.

[The Daily News] [The Duke Chronicle] [XOJane]

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