Actor Laurence Fishburne’s daughter Montana at age 19 is becoming a porn star. Enough said, right? But the sorry fact is that there is so much more to be said about this. At 19 years old, many of the young women in America are entering universities – even at percentages slightly exceeding the number of young men – to earn their college degree, and later advance to graduate education to become doctors and lawyers. Some 19 year old ladies are joining the military to serve our country, and yet others are contributing to society by starting a family and raising the next generation of our nation. The sad truth, however, is that a small (but much too large) portion of our pre-twenties women choose the path of voluntary sexual exploitation for their future endeavors. What is it that makes these young girls aspire more to porn stardom rather than contributing value to their communities as doctors, entrepreneurs or business women?
Is the price tag on a young lady’s body the incentive? Perhaps the path of today’s young women toward “porn-dom” is influenced at all by the fact that call girls can land close to $5,000 per “appointment” and yet, paying $5,000 per doctor’s visit is attacked as outrageous in hospitals today (I am a physician with an Ivy League degree and an honors medical graduate education and I haven’t received $5K for any one procedure. I would need to perform 8 cataract surgeries to get that money and I would have to wait 4 weeks to get paid for it!). Maybe these girls see the ease in leveraging their curves for cash rather than ensuring 8 years of rigorous medical education, only to be sued by medical malpractice lawyer “hounds.” During the 2008 prostitution scandal involving former Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer, 22 year old prostitute Ashley Dupre scored over $4,000 for one night – sounds like a well paying career (actually, she leveraged her sex-scandal fame in various media outlets, and became a sex columnist for the New York Post). But prostitutes don’t consider the serious hidden costs to their legal reputation, physical wellbeing and inner self worth.
What does the occurrences of young women in the sex business say about these women value themselves and also how men value women? With the advent of reality TV, magazine covers with Photoshop-perfected images and sensationalized media today, these wayward young ladies have learned that their boobs matter more than their brains. Naturally, they then invest money in to their looks (rather than into college tuition) to buy their ticket to a life of love and happiness. As a result, these women’s self esteem is built on the quality of highly paid sexual services rather than purpose-filled positions in high-level professional daytime careers.
Montana Fishburne’s sex tape seemed to be a too-familiar cry for headline attention and media fame, following in the footsteps of Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. What are the messages being sent by our communities’ parents, our televisions’ reality shows and our country’s leaders (including Eliot Spitzer, who has three daughters) about the value of a woman and her worth? When our young ladies are choosing prostitution over educated professions, we must seriously question the failure of building self esteem into our community’s and country’s women.
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