Others have done well, taking on the sleazy culture that accomodates (and praises) part-time p*rn jobs to pay college bills, and Sister Theresa Noble has an interesting take:
The media reaction to this young woman's activity has been at turns laudatory, critical, and patronizing. But what has been most interesting to me is the lack of interest or criticism for the young man who “outed” her. In fact, the male student’s full name was used in the earliest articles that can be found on the subject without the slightest concern for his well being or future ability to land a job, (something people are concerned about in respect to “Belle”).It seems American society has begun to accept porn watching as normal, and expected in a radical way. But most of us still draw the line at participating in porn, which very clearly reveals a hypocritical double standard. A double standard that does not only apply to young women. A young, male senior in high school was recently suspending from school for participating in an adult film in order to pay his mother’s bills. Major outlets covered the news. This incident, like Belle’s case, was discovered by fellow students. However, in both Belle’s case and the young man’s case, the media seem generally unconcerned that the pornographic consumption at both Duke and this young man’s high school was so high that out of all the adult films that are out there, their activity was discovered within what seems to be a very short amount of time.
How very true. That said, in response to the same story, Francis Phillips at the Catholic Herald in London offered one of my books as a tonic:
I have just been reading a book entitled The Authentic Catholic Woman by Genevieve Kineke, a convert, which provides just such an alternative view. Written “to help women understand their femininity”, the book is a beautiful and eloquent response to young women like “Belle Knox” who have been brainwashed to see their sexuality as a commodity to sell rather than a gift orientated towards motherhood, whether physical or spiritual. Even as I type this, I am aware of the vast gulf between the Church’s teaching about the “feminine genius” and the assumptions purveyed on student campuses and in Women’s Studies. I suppose it was the perception of this gulf, and how young women are being destroyed by a pitifully reductive view of themselves, aided and abetted by their elders in academe, that made Austin Ruse blow his top.
Kineke writes that “sexual utilitarianism is flagrant, acceptable and well-packaged”. She points out that girls are raised “to be self-reliant and career-minded…She may hope for marriage but the men around her assume that she is sexually available with no strings attached. If she balks at ‘free love’ she is labelled a prude or assumed to be maladjusted.”
There's more, and she's most kind. I have a study guide made up (free) if you want to use the book for a book club. My email is on the sidebar.