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Belle Knox Being Smart Is Actually Pretty Normal, and Oh, by the Way, GET OVER the Porn vs. Feminism Issue Already! - Lynsey G
Not a very big deal, actually. And also pretty awesome. I’m so happy to see that Belle Knox is going way public about her choice of career, and defending herself eloquently in print and on television. I’m so glad there’s been a lot of support for her (alongside all the endless bashing) on the internet. And I’m so gratified–this is a bit trickier to explain–that she’s providing proof that Sasha Grey was not the one and only example of a “smart girl doing porn.” This is not to say that Sasha Grey wasn’t a great example of the fact that intelligent and articulate young women can’t go into porn: she was. But she made a point of being “the smart porn star,” much like Stoya is doing now and Lorelei Lee did before her. The difference is that Belle Knox was perfectly happy–and expecting–to just do porn while being smart, without making a big deal about her intelligence. She wasn’t like, “Hey look at me! I’m smart! And I do porn! OMG pay attention to me!” She was outed against her will, and now she’s representing like a boss. I get the feeling that all the trolls expected her to [...]