What Would You “Ask Ashley”?
In case you don’t recognize the face in this picture, it is that of Ashley Dupré. Dupré made headlines as the high-end escort former governor Eliot Spitzer sought services from. She’s got a new gig, and while it is risqué, it isn’t nearly as scandalous as her last one.
Ms. Dupré, 24, is now a writer. She is not a writer of memoirs such as Superhead, but she is an advice columnist for the New York Post. Her advice entails – as you may have guessed – love, sex, and relationships. The belief behind the move to hire Dupré in this capacity is that she has gained a lot of experience and knowledge in her, er, line of work.
As a woman who brought escape and adventure (among other, more obvious things) into the lives of men who sought such an experience, she may have some insight into the things that are missing in struggling or stagnant relationships.
Sidebar: Isn’t it ironic that the escort service where Dupré got her start was shut down and its owner prosecuted by Spitzer, then the Attorney General?
The move by the publication begs one question, however: Are women in relationships really willing to listen to a woman who notoriously brought one down?
If her appearance on The View is any indication, she may have some issues getting the ladies to trust or respect her (note Elizabeth Hasselbeck‘s demeanor).
It seems that she may not even be getting much respect from her new employer. On the Post’s website, the name of the weekly column, “Ask Ashley,” is followed by this brief description: “Spitzer’s babe answers all your love-life questions!”
Is that the way they would refer to any of their other staff members?
I highly doubt it.
I know that some may not see her as a woman worthy of much respect due to some of her choices and actions, but regardless of these, she is a person. The people at her new job can refer to her a little more delicately, though. Again, I do not believe that any newspaper would refer to a male writer – regardless of his backstory – in such a way.
The entire thing stinks of an attempt to garner attention by capitalizing on an, ahem, arousing story.
On the other hand, it is referred to by many as a “sex column.” When it comes to sex, maybe we should ask the professionals?
There is a larger issue to discuss here. Should we really promote the types of behaviors and lifestyles that lead to this sort of “expertise?” Such promotion seems to glorify promiscuity and risky behaviors.
Seriously, Karrine Steffans is three books into her career – with her last book offering advice to women. Monica Lewinsky was paid for her biography, and Jenna Jameson has written an autobiography (as have several other women in the adult entertainment industry).
Furthermore – as powerful men (along with their wives and families) are brought down by their uncontrollable lusts – should the women who fulfill those lusts use their experiences as the gateway to fortune and fame?
On the other hand, everyone does have to make a living. Plus, we sure seem to like to see these high-profile men bounce back from their “transgressions” (new buzzword?).
As for Dupré, I read her first column and it is actually pretty good. It’s a little freaky, but it’s good nonetheless.
I wish her success with the column for as long as she can muster it.
I never really had dreams of being a journalist in the first place. If she is what publications are looking for, I fear that I might not have an impressive enough resumé for the job, anyway.
Especially when one considers the fact that I am a straight male.
Does society send the wrong signals by exalting and promoting promiscuous/scandalous women? Would you take advice from the likes of Ashley Dupré? What would you ask her? Let me know in the comments section!
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