PRIDE AND PUBLICITY: STUDENT SERVICING
An 18 year old college student by the name of Miriam Weeks (also known as Belle Knox) brazenly admitted to starring in over 25 pornographic films in order to pay for her $ 45, 000 yearly tuition. Much more, the young woman defends the right to do so as a means of assuring that her school fees are met. In a recent interview with Fox News, Weeks stated that ‘“[she] has made enough to pay for this year.”’
In addition to being a freshman student at Duke University, a top ten nationally-ranked University in the United States, and a porn star, Weeks also dances for a strip club in the state of North Carolina. However effective her work in the sex industry has been towards affording her university tuition, there has been a major backlash among her fellow students on campus. She faces constant death threats and harassment from both men and women. In particular, women tend to insult her for sexually objectifying herself. Thus far, Weeks has been interviewed by leading television networks and has appeared on popular daytime television shows such as ‘The View.’ She continues to share her story, thus generating greater exposure to her ‘cause’ and a larger audience to witness her ‘work ethic.’
There is only one word to describe this young woman’s actions in relation to her perceived interest in obtaining a higher education- DISGUSTING. In my opinion, Miriam Weeks is a poorly, misguided young woman who compensates her personal insecurities and psychological afflictions by gaining ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ attention through pornography. The shame her parents feel must be embarrassing and partially devastating, especially since this young woman bares no shame or remorse for her lack of human integrity.
I cannot and will not defend or excuse the behavior of a young woman who decides at an early age that she would rather be treated like a piece of meat than a feminine creature. Still, I see Weeks’ story and realize that she is not the problem. Weeks’ is merely a manifestation of what contemporary society is selling young women concerning their sexuality. It is as if today’s world suggests that in order to be considered attractive in the public eye, you have to be boundless and promiscuous. Let’s revisit a few of our most popular female celebrities to see if their ‘chasteness’ holds weight against sexual immorality. Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, and Miley Cyrus (to name a few) are more renowned for their sexually exploitative behaviors and their shelves of various men than their actual talents. If these ladies are role models to millions of young women, how can we reasonably expect women to uphold the values of prudence and chastity?
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