An object of Internet lust

Allison Stokke is an attractive 18-year-old high school athlete in Newport, California.

She also is the object of lewd affection for thousands of horny young and old men on the Internet.

Stokke is an example of the speed at which information can be passed around the 'Net as well as the Web's feeding ground for the worst in humanity.

It all started with a photo of the young pole vaulter at a track meet. She stood adjusting her hair while waiting her turn. Her track uniform, standard attire for track athletes at her school, showed some bare midriff. A blogger posted it and turned the teenager's life a living hell.

Reports Eli Salow in The Washington Post:

Early this month, 18-year-old Allison Stokke walked into her high school track coach's office and asked if he knew any reliable media consultants. Stokke had tired of constant phone calls, of relentless Internet attention, of interview requests from Boston to Brazil.

In her high school track and field career, Stokke had won a 2004 California state pole vaulting title, broken five national records and earned a scholarship to the University of California, yet only track devotees had noticed. Then, in early May, she received e-mails from friends who warned that a year-old picture of Stokke idly adjusting her hair at a track meet in New York had been plastered across the Internet. She had more than 1,000 new messages on her MySpace page. A three-minute video of Stokke standing against a wall and analyzing her performance at another meet had been posted on YouTube and viewed 150,000 times.

"I just want to find some way to get this all under control," Stokke told her coach.

Three weeks later, Stokke has decided that control is essentially beyond her grasp. Instead, she said, she has learned a distressing lesson in the unruly momentum of the Internet. A fan on a Cal football message board posted a picture of the attractive, athletic pole vaulter. A popular sports blogger in New York found the picture and posted it on his site. Dozens of other bloggers picked up the same image and spread it. Within days, hundreds of thousands of Internet users had searched for Stokke's picture and leered.

The wave of attention has steamrolled Stokke and her family in Newport Beach, Calif. She is recognized — and stared at — in coffee shops. She locks her doors and tries not to leave the house alone. Her father, Allan Stokke, comes home from his job as a lawyer and searches the Internet. He reads message boards and tries to pick out potential stalkers.

"We're keeping a watchful eye," Allan Stokke said. "We have to be smart and deal with it the best we can. It's not something that you can just make go away."

11 Responses to "An object of Internet lust"

  1. Carl Nemo  May 30, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    She’s obviously a very fit, attractive young lady, but I have a problem with her attire at a public track meet. I think there should be some personal responsibility attached to how one dresses in public especially formal, competitive events. Allison knows she’s very attractive, and she also knows what she’s doing when she dresses this way especially in public. So I don’t buy into the “poor Allison”, the victim of evil, dirty old men, web trolls and the www as a source of photo distribution.

    Youngsters have raging hormones and how they look to others is very important to their self-image regardless of it’s visual impact on other individuals and to society in general. I think high school cheerleading attire is over-the-top in some cases; but, “who cares what I think”.

    I once had a woman lecture me that how a woman dresses is their business and in no way is an apologia for the occurrence of molestation etc. I then asked her if she’d go into a hungry tiger’s cage, unarmed with two pieces of bloody meat in her hands. She looked at me saucer-eyed. The point being that a woman’s sexuality is an incredibly powerful attractant and if they happen to be in the wrong situation around the wrong type of male personas, then they are possibly in deep trouble. So I admonish Allison to either change her attire, cover the midriff or simply give-it-up and contact Playboy magazine or Hustler asap for a photoshoot contract asap. Her youthful beauty will not last forever.

    America is a sexually obsessed society, but at the same time incredibly repressed. If you look at Euro magazines and TV broadcasts it’s not unusual to see nudity especially when it’s linked to perfunctory life tasks, but not so in the U.S. Just show a bit of leg, midriff, cleavage or whatever and guys and gals are sucking wind etc. The guys are sucking wind because of the sexual innuendo and the gals over how fit the other girl might be or the hot attire she’s wearing etc. Of course there are some gals that are hot for Allison Stokke too. ;) If people ran around buck naked “all” the time as in primitive tribes, then having the luxury to dress-up with some fancy leaves might be construed as sexy in their culture. The above article is not going to change anything, this is what America is all about; i.e., sex, sex, more sex, and the associated “bling” that goes with it…! As Paris Hilton would say…”that’s hot!” :))

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. yarply  May 30, 2007 at 7:30 pm

    I agree, the girl definitely thinks she is attractive and a lot of people would agree. The society we live in encourages flaunting yourself, from middle schools up.
    When you have cheerleaders in middle school and high school performing “cheers” with moves which strippers would be envious of, and best described as a simulated sex act it is unbelievable that this girl is surprised at the attention she gets. A friend of mine use to have a word for a really hot babe which “played” the innocent,,,, Evillllll. And the more I see of the girls/women in our society the more inclined I am to agree. They flaunt themselves and then get upset if someone “notices”. Its like the girl at the beach wearing the thong bikini, that when she notices someone checkin out what she is showing to the world and she is not attracted to THAT individual in particular may say,, real hateful like,, what are you looking at.
    Naw, the girl knows the effect she has,,plays it, and enjoys it, but is just dumb enough to think people will buy the innocent act.

  3. UpChukker  June 3, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    She’s obviously a very fit, attractive young lady, but I have a problem with her attire at a public track meet. I think there should be some personal responsibility attached to how one dresses in public especially formal, competitive events.

    Yeah, of course you would have a problem with her attire.Do you have a daughter? Was she ever subjected to unknown leering dirty ol’ men on the net? Especially ones who blame her for their leering…”you should cover up so I wont leer at you”! Of course you advocate “attire control”. Your latent but barely concealed leering is showing.

    Track requires uniforms that are non-binding and skimpy..pole vault especially. Loose clothing can easily dislodge the bar failing the competitor at that height. She didn’t win the Nationals by coming attired in bloomers and “covering up that midriff”.

    Allison knows she’s very attractive, and she also knows what she’s doing when she dresses this way especially in public. .

    You can read her like a book..huh? You know she knows what she doing? What is she doing? You sound eminently qualified to know what’s “good” for her! Prurient old men often say these things.

    Youngsters have raging hormones and how they look to others is very important to their self-image regardless of it’s visual impact on other individuals and to society in general. I think high school cheerleading attire is over-the-top in some cases; but, “who cares what I think”.

    You’re right…WHO CARES what you think! But you had to say it, anyway, huh? Written judgmental condemnation is always damaging to your target once it’s out. Do you want us to reward you for your judgmental crap?

    The point being that a woman’s sexuality is an incredibly powerful attractant and if they happen to be in the wrong situation around the wrong type of male personas, then they are possibly in deep trouble. So I admonish Allison to either change her attire, cover the midriff or simply give-it-up and contact Playboy magazine or Hustler asap for a photoshoot contract asap. Her youthful beauty will not last forever.

    Still a destructive judgmental leering prurient statement..old man!

    Of course there are some gals that are hot for Allison Stokke too.The above article is not going to change anything, this is what America is all about; i.e., sex, sex, more sex, and the associated “bling” that goes with it…! As Paris Hilton would say…”that’s hot!” :))

    I see, damage her completely by claiming she attracts lesbian women. Then finish off by a general condemnation of “what America is all about”! I think this article, although a good one, has flushed out posters very much like the the leerers the article was discussing.

  4. Bill Robinson  May 29, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Good Grief! Just imagine what would have happened if she was a BLONDE!!!!

  5. czestochowa  May 30, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Some videos and pictures here for Allison Stokke fans! http://allisonstokke.blogspot.com

  6. Carl Nemo  May 31, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Wilma…

    Why is it so sad? Human sexuality is natural, organic, and quite wholesome. It’s part of our very beingness. Only societal moralists try to control, ration, and stigmatize anything to do with the human form and what sexual acts in which we might engage. America is so repressed that it’s mind boggling. It’s like the old expression concerning the ocean…”water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink”.

    As Yarply brought out in his post these young ladies are good at “struttin’ their stuff” but when some hot-dog, troglodyte male looks their way, they get in a huff…:)) Allison Stokke is 18 and she surely knows “how the worm turns”. I looked at the link provided by czestochowa and my first thoughts were she’s a great athlete. I guess I’m showing my age; i.e., 62. :) She’s got great form and execution in the vault. The reason she’s so fit is due to the sport in which she’s engaged; i.e., pole-vaulting. You surely aren’t going to see a 180 pound “sweathog” pole-vaulting…:)) She’s got a tight six-pack and is in excellent shape. When you hear her speak though she’s still a youngster plain and simple. She’ll get through this “tempest in a teapot” just fine. If anything it’s given her some free publicity and it might even put some bucks in her bank account for her college education etc. Her parents probably can afford the pricetag but there’s nothing wrong with a “gift horse” coming her way.

    I thought I’d post a Wiki link concerning the age of consent on planet earth. Folks might find this a real eye opener when they see how many countries tolerate “13” as being the age of consent…?!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_consent

  7. UpChukker  June 3, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    Why did you think this would be of interest? I think because you thought it was interesting. Got plans to visit some of them?

  8. Wilma  May 30, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    She is definitely learning about internet safety the hard way. Most parents use resources like NetSmartz411 to educate their children on the issue. I am so sorry she is having to go through this. It is so sad how this has blown up and it is hard for her to live her everyday life. I think that it is good that her father is searching the internet. It it sad that there is really no way to keep something like this under control.

  9. Access Of Evil  May 31, 2007 at 7:13 pm

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  10. yarply  June 2, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    Out of all the pics I have seen of her there is none of her with some guy. She is always pictured with other girls. Does she not have a boy friend or what?
    Their was one strange photo of her with three other girls which makes me wonder about her.

  11. UpChukker  June 3, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    I knew so many boys/men who profess your attitude. You “know” why they dress like they do and why they move like they do.. it’s all about you, huh? A prurient leerer comes out of the woodwork!

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