More Belle de Jour/Brooke Magnanti Interviews

Here are 2 more interviews with famous sex blogger Belle de Jour, who revealed herself as a research scientist named Brooke Magnanti. One from the New Scientist and one from Freakonomics.

From what I read last week, it appears that she only outed herself because the Daily Mail was going to bust her. She got wind of the interview and decided to upstage them. So basically, it didn’t come as a choice, the choice was made for her.

Both interviews don’t reveal much more than what was circulated in the UK papers.

Belle de Jour’s Ex-Boyfriend Interviewed

image via Daily Mail

My wife told me that this was pretty scandalous, and I agree. Sex blogger Belle de Jour unmasked herself over the weekend as a medical research scientist with a PhD. Are you shocked?

We’ve been talking about this since the news broke and we still can’t really understand the situation. Needless to say, unless you are Dr. Brooke Magnanti, you can’t. We just wonder if she is going to continue being a researcher or if she will just be a full time writer. Two TV series were made from her books. The Daily Mail published an interview with her ex-boyfriend.

Here is a link to her academic publications.

She has made a great deal of money from Belle de Jour, but I haven’t received a penny and my life has been completely affected.
The Boy from Belle de Jour comes to life in a Daily Mail interview

My wife says that he was in love with her. I said that he was a dumbass for believing that a call girl didn’t have sex with her clients. He sounded like a simpleton. Then again, love blinds.

Sex Blogger Belle de Jour Reveals Herself As Dr Brooke Magnanti

Image via the Times

Well known sex blogger Belle de Jour came out today to the Times. She’s Dr. Brooke Magnanti.

She’s real, all right, and I’m sitting on the bed next to her. Her name is Dr Brooke Magnanti. Her specialist areas are developmental neurotoxicology and cancer epidemiology. She has a PhD in informatics, epidemiology and forensic science and is now working at the Bristol Initiative for Research of Child Health.

Magnanti is a medical research scientist. The reason why she became a prostitute are pretty straightforward. She was in London, having given in her PhD thesis and preparing for her viva, when she was running out of money. She didn’t want to go into debt, so she started turning tricks. I am really surprised. I didn’t expect her to be an academic. This paraphrase of her explanation sounds a bit simple ―and it is― so it’s best to read the original article at the Times, where the reporter actually met her.

She was a London call girl for 14 months, from 2003 to 2004. She worked for an agency, and continued being a call girl after she found a job as a computer programmer for 3 or 4 months.

The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S02E02 (ITV)

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Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

This is the second show of the second season of the ITV show. In the last season finale, Belle had to decide between a super elite group of whores or being an independent escort. She tries out the first part and finds that it isn’t for her. Belle is still an independent escort and meets Bambi, a girl wanting to become one. Things go wrong when a freelance journalist followed her around after she refused to spill the beans on one of her famous clients. Belle thinks that she’s about to be outed.

Unlike what I initially expected, this show isn’t really about the world of prostitution. It almost idealizes what happens to sex-workers. I still find that the show doesn’t get into enough details about the life of a prostitute. It just skims the surface. Other shows like Californication and Weeds are able to delve deeper into issues while maintaining the same half hour format. Why didn’t Secret Diary?

If you keep in mind that this show is nothing more than a light dramedy, then you’ll be satisfied. Don’t expect it to tackle any earth-shattering issues. All in all, the show was OK, nothing more, nothing less. Other than that, Billie Piper is looking hot as usual.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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The Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S02E01 (ITV)

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

This is the season premiere of the second season of the ITV show. In the last season finale, Belle had to decide between a super elite group of whores or being an independent escort. She tries out the first part and finds that it isn’t for her. Belle is still an independent escort and meets Bambi, a girl wanting to become one. Things go wrong when a freelance journalist followed her around after she refused to spill the beans on one of her famous clients. Belle thinks that she’s about to be outed.

Unlike what I initially expected, this show isn’t really about the world of prostitution. It almost idealizes what happens to sex-workers. I still find that the show doesn’t get into enough details about the life of a prostitute. It just skims the surface. Other shows like Californication and Weeds are able to delve deeper into issues while maintaining the same half hour format. Why didn’t Secret Diary?

If you keep in mind that this show is nothing more than a light dramedy, then you’ll be satisfied. Don’t expect it to tackle any earth-shattering issues. All in all, the show was OK, nothing more, nothing less. Other than that, Billie Piper is looking hot as usual.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S01E08 (ITV)

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

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Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S01E07 (ITV)

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

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Secret Diary of a Call Girl S01E06 (ITV)

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

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Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S01E05 (ITV)

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

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Secret Diary Of A Call Girl S01E04 (ITV)

Billie Piper stars as Belle de Jour, a call girl from London. This show is based on the blog of Belle de Jour. She has written two books about her life and had been a contributing writer of the Telegraph until 2006. ITV has ordered a total of 8 episodes of this show.

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