Agree or Disagree: You would condemn someone who paid their tuition by doing porn


This is Belle Knox.

She is studying at Duke University. Her cost for going to Duke University was $61,000. This includes tuition, travel, textbooks and student fees. This is not for the program, this is one year of study. Her family, like many families in Canada and the United States, would not be able to afford this. So, what did she do?

She decided to pay for her tuition by doing pornographic movies.

This is a good interview she had with Piers Morgan. This is also an interesting article in which she explains her decision to “come out” as a porn star.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/duke-porn-star_n_4898544.html

Now, there is a couple of interesting things to note about her perspective. The first thing to note is that there is no shame in her decision. As a matter of fact, and some will raise their eyebrows, but she actually finds pornography freeing. You will hear her in the interview discuss this, but she argues that that many people’s “fears” towards pornography has to do with a patriarchal society. And there would be MANY of you that would disagree with that I’m sure. I’ve seen some of the arguments of morals and the breakdown of family values.This girl has certainly taken some heat for her decision.

However, here’s the part I would like to bring up. It’s the part no one is REALLY talking about. However, this would seem to me to be an important conversation.

The cost of education is expensive. In some cases, extremely expensive. Not only is their actual cost of tuition. You have textbooks, which on a side note, perhaps we need to discuss the price of those sometimes. You have hidden fees. You also have rent, food, clothes and other expenses. Because of your study schedule, the work schedule is limited. Get a loan you respond? How many of you are STILL paying off your student loan or loans?

Brooke Knox is not the first person who has decided to use “questionable” means to pay their tuition. There are students who have paid their tuition by being an erotic dancer. There are students that have paid their tuition by selling drugs. And, before someone argues that is only in the “secular” world, I know two students that paid their tuition to get into a Bible School by selling drugs. The reality is that not everyone has the opportunity for the straightforward and simple approach to an education as our society has encouraged. The fact is education cost is becoming a more complex subject.

I agree that we should question decisions like one’s made by Brooke Knox. If I had a daughter or a son thinking of this, we would be having a serious conversation.

However is it not fair we discuss how we can make education affordable for everybody?

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