Thursday, March 13, 2008

Choose your path wisely.

According to the NY Times, this is Ashley Alexandra Dupre, the woman Eliot Spitzer met in the Mayfair Hotel. Being in advertising, I make no moral judgements about what Ashley has done to pay the rent and fuel her dreams.

The professions have far too much in common.

Here's a bit of bio from her MySpace page:
"When I was 17, I left home. It was my decision and I've never looked back. Left my hometown. Left a broken family. Left abuse ... I have been alone. I have abused drugs. I have been broke and homeless. But, I survived, on my own. I am here, in NY because of my music."
You can listen to her music here. You can even buy a song of hers for a lot less than $4000, but then, you don't get the lyrics and liner notes, do you?

Let's be honest here. Whatever stupid young men do, pumped full of streaming hormones, we do in the hopes of meeting a woman like Ashley.

Some men go to Wall Street, earn millions selling financial instruments secured by subprime mortgages, and get to sneak off on the sly with the Ashleys of the world without the FBI poking their noses in between the Mayfair's 400-count cotton sheets.

However, if you eschew the big bucks, go into politics and make it your life's work to hold others to high ethical standards, then Ashley is off-limits to you, my friend. W-a-a-ay off limits.

It's something to think about on a Thursday afternoon.


P.S. Then there are those of us who come to our senses, find a beautiful woman closer to home, marry her, have children, and live golden lives, tanned by the daily blessings of domestic sunshine. And we never once think of the Ashleys of the world. Not once.

Honest.

8 comments:

JD Rhoades said...

Okay, I listened to the samples and all I can say is: Ashley, hon, don't quit your night job.

David Terrenoire said...

"...don't quit your night job."

Well done.

Dusty, she has a North Carolina connection according to the Times. For some reason, after reading that bio, I don't think she's all nostalgic about home, do you?

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Now, I've got nothing against prostitution or the ladies and gentlemen who indulge in it or seek it as a profession. Personally, I think it should be legal and regulated. Like George Carlin said, "Fucking is legal. Selling is legal. Why isn't selling fucking legal?"

Maybe one of these days we'll get over our hangups and issues with what other people do with their lives.

I do, however, have a problem with hypocrisy. She's being brought into the media less for a context for what a governor did wrong than she is to pander to the sensationalism that sells papers.

She's going to be paraded around like a freak and be blamed for a governor's stupidity in an effort to minimize the damage to his political career, making her out to be the temptress and him just a weak willed man fulfilling his nightly urges.

I'm waiting for the "She's just a whore, after all," comments to pop up. "How can we believe her testimony?"

She's the one who's going to get vilified in this far more than Spitzer. And that just pisses me off.

David Terrenoire said...

Stephen,

I don't think so. Spitzer's apology and remorse feel genuine, and he seems to get the hypocrisy and the irony of being hoist on a petard that's got his name all over it.

So far I haven't seen anyone casting aspersions at this young woman. Maybe we've grown up.

Nah. Who am I kidding? It's just too soon in the cycle.

JD Rhoades said...

She's gonna be a cast member on some kind of reality show within a year. Bets?

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

I stand by my comments on the Tuesday post. Plus, think about it ladies and gentlemen. Would you do who she did for 4 grand, 5 grand, even 10? The girl may have beautiful looks to envy, but she's taken on one mean job. She deserves what she can get. And, the gov? He's got enough problems at home to deal with. Leave him alone. Leave'm both alone, unless you've got a few extra grand laying around otherwise useless.

Dread

norby said...

My understanding is, this young woman is hoping to get some sort of record deal at some point in her life. I haven't been to her MySpace page, but I've seen it on another site, and it's a music page.

But yeah, eventually she'll be castigated for being a sex worker.

deangc said...

I dunno about 'eventually'. I'm trying to avoid this story --and finding it impossible-- and I ran into user comments on something or other that were nothing but intemperate shrieking about her being a whore.

For as long as there have been men and women (and that's a long time) there have been women with the power to separate certain men from their possessions and their common sense. Laws don't change that.