They Found Kristen

It looks like the NY Times found Kristen and her MySpace page. They very helpfully give her full real name.

And the circus is renewed…

32 Responses

  1. It is abysmal that they put her on display like this.

  2. Complete with MySpace page details – as autobiography. Excellent journalism.

  3. Notice how there doesn’t seem to be a single ethical quibble in outing this young woman who obviously has another career in the works.

    XX

  4. She has a fabulous voice. Click on her myspace! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if she was thrust into stardom from this? She certainly deserves it.

    Maybe we should ask her to be a guest speaker at our conference in Chicago.๐Ÿ˜€

  5. […] Or, as Amanda succinctly put it, “Notice how there doesnโ€™t seem to be a single ethical quibble in outing this young woman […]

  6. why wouldn’t they out her? u all live in fantasy land. 4 any body who doesn’t get it yet, hookers never got respect dont got respect now will never get respect. u act like a 22 year old made the rightchous decision to be a professional sex worker. she’s a kid, like all working sex workers. she’s gonna get treated like shit just like all working sex workers. grow up.

  7. fucking assholes…and they wonder why we don’t do interviews.

  8. I saw some bullshit where they are mentioning her as the “prostitute that brought down the governor of New York”, no, she isn’t. He brought himself down. His hypocritical stance of being Eliot Ness, Mr. Reformist, Mr. Family man making all things sex work related seem evil then hiring her brought him down. She is a young woman trying to live life, build a career, from her bio clearly she has gone through some shit that I can relate to. As a sex worker rights activist I can only offer solidarity, positive energy and that she is able to get through this fucking circus that his, Spitzer’s bullshit, put her into the middle of. Hang in there Kristen. Those that are Kristen haters can fuck off.

  9. i hope she can find a way to play all this to her advantage.

  10. This truly sucks! What journalistic or public interest is severed by outing her under her real name, with direct links to her MySpace, etc profiles?

    NY Times is better than tabloid journalism how?

  11. And, yeah, I agree, I hope that she can capitalize on it. Still, I think if she’d wanted the publicity, she would have come forward on her own.

  12. Maybe she’ll pose for playboy and get a music contract like so many others.
    She’s not charged with anything.

  13. […] Not Gagged summed up my feelings perfectly in their postThey Found Kristen"It looks like the NY Times found Kristen and her MySpace page. They very helpfully give her […]

  14. I hear what y’all are saying and I’m totally in solidarity with Kristen. But from reading the Times article, I have the impression that she willingly provided an interview. We should definitely be critical of anybody harassing her publicly, but maybe she wanted to speak up? As noted, the exposure may be a good thing for her…

  15. I am so conflicted here. I am also incredibly happy for this space right now. I heard the news of her “outing” this morning, and my heart started racy, blood boiling. I understand that this may be good for her. I also fear for her. I cannot really bring myself to feel remotely ok about this, until I hear it from her. Above all, I do not know what I would have done this morning without you all!

  16. If she wanted to speak up, then absolutely she should – that’s her decision! But either way, I don’t like how the NY Times “spun” the story – notice the lede talks about how she was abused as a child, blah blah blah, and they proceed to pack every stereotype into the article. Plastering her photo and full name all over doesn’t seem like the world’s best idea either.

  17. I feel it was inevitable that she be out-ed. With the court case proceeding she is at least a witness (has she been charged with anything herself?). At least some of her testimony was public so I am sure tracking her down was not too hard.

    Still, now the media attention is diverted to her and she becomes the face of the story. She will victim, slut, innocent, etc… I think some will judge her harshly and some will not. Her life gets dissected and people will come out of the woodwork saying they knew her when.

    She gave some comments to the media. Was it wise? Should she have removed her MySpace page immediately thinking she could be tracked down? Regardless, how can someone be prepared for such a situation?

  18. Oh, god. Those bastards.

    I hope she does manage to spin this to some sort of benefit to herself. But even if she becomes Captain McFamous with a bazillion dollars behind her…. it doesn’t excuse this kind of violation.

  19. CNN right now

    “The governor’s gal”

    With her myspace pic right next to it. “The Governor’s Gal” CNN you completely suck. This is Rush Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch type bullshit. I wrongly thought a little more of CNN.

    A Fleetwood Mac song “Murrow Turning Over in his Grave” keeps running through my mind

  20. I just saw Inside Edition’s story (I know, I know…) and am just horrified for the violation of her privacy, and enraged that the media now has the chance to villianize and exploit an individual woman as being responsible for Spitzer’s downfall. Finally, someone to detract from Spitzer’s hypocrisy and reporting on the story.
    If this hasn’t circulated already, not only did they parade her frontal, high-detail personal photos – but they tracked down her grandfather, a childhood friend, and mother to interview them. Selectively quoting her Myspace, made sure to mention how she has ‘had a hard life’ and dealt with substance issues to justify her involvement in escorting (that is the pre-req, right?) I have a hard time remembering such a personal violation- as they showed her current apartment building in NY and quoted her monthly rent!
    To top it off – reporters filmed her childhood home and a video of her in elementary school performing ‘Grease’.
    The media and high-profile client in power are never satisified just with an agency bust, it is only complete with a witchburning and a face for ‘man’s ruin’ .

    Her profile hasn’t been deleted or made private by now, so maybe she is getting ready to try and make this work for her.

  21. Someone needs to dig up some of Spitzer’s childhood friends.

    After all this exposure, all she can do is move forward with it. What other option does she have?

    XX

  22. Wait!…she has no other options….she’s forced to become a semi-celebrity! She’s being coerced! Farley, get over here and save this girl!

    Okay, I’m making light of something that has to be frightening to her and her loved ones. Just had a moment there. Sorry.

    XX

  23. I do think that the legal implications here are frightening.

    But I think it’s time for us all to get over the “oh no! Everybody knows that you’re a Whore!” attitude.

    Yeah , it sucks that her privacy is being invaded. But why do we need to feel sorry for her family that she’s been outed? And her mother and grandfather could have turned down the interview (who do you think gave them the elementary school footage?)

    She could have taken down her myspace. I just don’t think that we should be hpping on the “poor girl” band wagon. We should be singing her praise and supporting her during this very challenging and risky but potentially rewarding situation. And we need to demonstrate to her that we support her.

    Right now she is the face of all of us. It’s time to get over the fear of society shunning you because you’re a whore. Legal stuff- scary, yes. What people think of us as whores? Fuck them.

  24. Karly, I agree. SWOP-LV has added her song to our profile on myspace, and written a blog post to let her know she has our love and support.

  25. I don’t feel sorry for her because people know she’s a sex worker. I feel frightened for her because of what people might do out of hatred toward sex workers, or to get some kind of nebulous “revenge.”

  26. Karly, after a hard day of processing my feelings about this, I am in agreement with you this morning.

    I want her to know that we have her back 100%. She’s not a ‘poor victim’, though as usual the situation is unfair, any more than she is a ‘powerful entity that brought down a political figure’. She’s one of us. She’s our sister, and she needs us to rise above the archetypal roles being assigned to her.

    (That statement does not excuse the media’s coverage, which has run the usual gamut in defaming and “exposing” a vulnerable figure who acted in opposition to cultural norms.)

  27. Amber: Fightened? Absolutely. I hope she is getting sound advice about protecting herself.

  28. Karly,

    I’m just having empathy. As someone who’s been out with friends and family since Day 1, it’s not a big deal to me. BUT having her real name splashed everywhere gives anyone with bad intentions a lot of ammunition. That IS scary. And, like most sex workers, if she wasn’t out with family and friends, then it should be her right to choose to tell them, not the media.

    Digging up her childhood friends is ridiculous. Seriously. She’s not a political candidate, she’s just a sex worker (or former).

    I feel for her. I hope she makes something out of this. I think she’s a victim of the media, certainly. (It could be aruged that Spitzer was too.) I’d like more sex workers to be out, but in the manner of their choosing. The reality is the stigma’s strong enough to ruin her life, if she lets it. We all know that.

    XX

  29. Yeah yeah. We’re all totally in agreement here about the privacy issue and concerns for her safety.

    But seriously, I know that so many of us are thinking “OMG what if MY name were mentioned in the media related to SEX!” Even though we’re a bunch of sex positive whores.

    The media using her image without consent, stalking outside of her apartment, providing her location info- that’s FUCKED whether you’re a sex worker or not- although, I doubt it would be considered acceptable to provide so much info about a non-pro- But yes, that stuff is scary and fucked up and I hope that she gets some revenge from it.

    I just heard but haven’t confirmed that Larry Flint offered her 1 million dollars to pose in Hustler. That’s a dream for some sex workers. I’m sad that she’s going to be abused and manipulated by the legal system, even if criminal charges are not brought against her.

  30. confirmed. $1million.

  31. Go Kristen! A new folk hero is born.๐Ÿ™‚

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