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President Bill Clinton co-hosted a party with Prince Albert of Monaco and took a photograph with three beautiful young women.

Those women just happened to be porn stars. According to The Atlantic Wire, one woman is Brooklyn Lee, who appeared in the porn flick “Secretaries 4″; another is Tasha Reign, who appeared in “Farm Girls Gone Bad”; and the third woman has been identified as someone named Jennifer Taule. Everyone from Page Six to the UK’s Daily Mail is falling over themselves over “Bubba and the porn babes.” 

Why does anyone care?

Blogger Jen Doll at The Atlantic Wire thinks that the headlines over Clinton’s porn star pic are more of a fratty slap on the back — and that that reaction shows the double standard of the way Clinton is treated in the press (“high five! boys will be boys!”) versus his wife (“WHAT?! You mean she’s not wearing makeup?!”).

I’m not sure whether I agree or disagree with that assessment. For me, what sticks out is the fact that this is such a big deal at all.  Does it really matter if he was hanging out with, even talking to, people at a party who happen to do sex work? We’re not even supposed to talk to sex workers now, because their slut cooties might spread?  It is not as if Clinton is ex-Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose world famous “bunga bunga parties” were filled with prostitutes and women who worked in porn and presumably being paid to be there by their host. (This could be a separate post entirely, but to me, powerful, well-connected politicians hiring sex workers crosses the line of what’s appropriate. Way too much can go wrong there.) No, the idea that sex workers are so “bad” that a president should avoid them like the flesh-eating bacteria smacks of dehumanization.  To me, the reaction over this pic is further enforcing the stigma that sex workers are gross/dirty/bad and should be societally shunned. I get that not everyone may think that what sex workers do for a living is moral; likewise, there are plenty of legitimate concerns about the conditions under which sex workers labor. But no one is saying that: this reaction, though, is more about titillation and repulsion. 

Which is funny, actually, because without context, there is no way of telling these women are porn stars. Had I just seen the photograph of Clinton and the women, I would have thought to myself, Oh, there’s Bill Clinton standing next to some attractive ladies. No big deal. 

Then again, I suppose Bill Clinton can never be photographed next to pretty women again without somebody doing the wink-wink-nudge-nudge.  

[The Atlantic Wire]
[Daily Mail UK]
[New York Post]

Contact the author of this post at Jessica@TheFrisky.com. Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaWakeman.

Image via The Atlantic Wire

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