The mystery woman who writes the blog, Belle De Jour, about her former life as a prostitute has revealed her true identity. Dr Brooke Magnanti now works as a scientist at a university. She said Belle, her character on the blog, will always be part of her and it was time to end her double life. But it’s been hinted that someone who knew her was about to reveal her real identity or that she was about to be exposed by the media.
Girl with a one track mind (real name Zoe Margolis) who also blogs about her sex life, was outed by the media a couple of years ago. She says she wasn’t ashamed but wrote under a false name to protect people she talked about. Here she describes what it was like when the press got hold of her.
Arial writes about depression anonymously because she doesn’t want her family to find out she suffers from it. But Robert McCrum thinks blogging anonymously is dishonest. Lisa is a blogger who’s been abused for being black but she still thinks it’s better to share personal information.
Over half of people in this poll think it’s ok to ‘out’ a criminal blogger but are there times when bloggers have a right to be unknown? The blogger who was forced to reveal her identity after describing a model as a ‘ skank’ said her right to privacy was violated and her lawyer argued her opinions should be protected as free speech. What about people living in countries that put bloggers in prison for expressing their views?