Duke University Freshman Pays for Tuition by Being a Porn Star

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On Valentine’s Day, the Duke University newspaper, The Chronicle, published an article revealing that a female freshman, referred to as “Lauren,” was paying her way through college by acting in porn films. The news was leaked when fellow freshman, Thomas Bagley, recognized Lauren while watching porn and told other students at a fraternity rush event on January 10. Bagley said Lauren admitted that she was in fact the porn star while they were on their way to a party together. She asked him to keep it a secret and he agreed, later breaking his promise that night. By January 11 the news had spread across campus.

Pornography websites account for an estimated 450 million visitors each month, which accounts for 30 percent of all data transferred across the Internet. Statistics from 2006 show that the porn industry generated more than $13 billion in revenue in the U.S. In China, the money generated from the porn industry is more than twice that.

Duke University costs over $60,000 a year including tuition, room and board, class supplies, and personal expenses. With that in mind, the freshman porn star decided to alleviate the costs of a Duke University education by paying her tuition without the help of financial aid.

Katie Fernelius, a student at Duke and writer for The Chronicle, reached out to Lauren to get her side of the story. Lauren was eager to speak to the newspaper to control the story.

Fernelius described Lauren as an average Duke woman, wearing a blue V-neck, yoga pants, and carrying a North Face jacket tucked under her arm. Lauren identified herself as a Republican and is a women’s studies and sociology double-major.

Lauren travels to Los Angeles, all expenses paid, during school breaks to shoot adult films for her agency, Matrix Models. She did not reveal how much she makes working as a porn star but said that it is enough to keep her in school. Her parents do not know of her involvement with the porn industry. During winter break, Lauren told her parents that she had an additional exam so that she could fly to Los Angeles.

Yet the freshman defends herself amid the campus-wide rumors. She said she feels like women at Duke hide their sexuality. Lauren also recalls her time working as a waitress in high school, a time during which she barely had time to sleep and made $400 a month after taxes. She found the waitressing job more degrading than she has ever felt shooting porn, which she loves and describes as consensual sex between adults in an atmosphere in which she feels more at home than on the Duke campus. She said she feels more empowered than she has ever felt.

When asked about feminism, Lauren emphatically stated that she is a feminist, but takes issue with women making decisions for other women. She takes feminism to mean advancing her personal liberty, while championing her body and the right to choose what to do with it.

A Duke representative said that the university spent more than $130 million this year in undergraduate financial aid. Still, one Duke University freshman felt the need to act as a porn star to pay tuition.

By David Tulis

Sources:

The Chronicle

Daily Mail

Daily News

Duke Admissions

Family Safe Media

7 Responses to "Duke University Freshman Pays for Tuition by Being a Porn Star"

  1. Jordan   March 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    whats sad is that our higher education brings a women to a point where she has to have sex with strange men on camera to get through school.

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  2. David   March 5, 2014 at 7:48 am

    “Lauren” is an ambitious girl who has signed up for a course in the school of hard knocks. She is too young to know that her degree is worthless and that she will get STD’s and be ruined, spiritually and physically, by the job she had taken. No one can abstract themselves from what pays the bills. But she is hardly the first to whore oneself for money – people do it all the time, just not literally. As for the boy that gossiped her secret after promising not to – he has no personal honor or trustworthiness. He too has much to learn.

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  3. Lawrence Newman   February 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

    “is a women’s studies and sociology double-major.”

    Well there’s evidence right there of how utterly delusional this woman is. A completely useless degree. These women’s studies degrees make people more stupid than before they did them.

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  4. jrh0   February 25, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Yawn. She’s engaged in a legal profession to pay her own bills. Whatever. People just want to get all uptight about it because they are uptight with sex. Meanwhile, the majority of the rest of that student body is just as apt to drunken random hookups for much less tangible forms of compensation (bragging rights for men, temporary affection, ego affirmation for women, etc etc).

    Meanwhile, half the guys that snicker at the idea of her doing it, are the same ones paying to watch it.

    Meanwhile most of the people that heard about it responded by… googling her movies.

    Its just sex. Whatever.

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  5. Chuck   February 25, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I say let her do what she needs to. Graduating in as much debt as she could is ridiculous and the chances of her getting a great job right after to pay for it are slim, if she graduates debt free then kudos to her. Every guy degrading her for it has watched porn at least once in their life if not more, so hey if you have a problem with it stop watching porn… oh wait but you like it… hey so does she and she gets paid to graduate from her dream school debt free. Most people can’t even get into Duke and she did, so she is smart and is following her beliefs, she’s not upset with what she does so let her be, heck if I ever met her I would tell her to keep doing what she loves, do what she believes is right and if she were 21 buy her a drink just to say good job

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  6. LibertyFreedomPatriot   February 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I don’t really care that this woman is a prostitute, which she obviously is. What irks me is that she takes delusional rationalization to a whole new level. It’s almost a satire of feminism: she sells her body to men for money, then claims that she’s “empowered.” It’s like a black man in the antebellum South volunteering to be a slave, then claiming to be free. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad — and if she didn’t have so many delusional supporters. When she grows up, hopefully she’ll realize what a clueless tool she was.

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    • Rufus   February 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Thank you. Reality checkpoint.

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