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The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality & Relationships (2008)

Video  -  Documentary | Adult  -  31 August 2008 (USA)
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Examines the unprecedented role that commercial pornography occupies in American popular culture. The film explores what happens when images of sexual degradation are used for arousal.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Tennie ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Gregory Mitchell ...
Himself - College Student
Stephanie Cleveland ...
Herself - Writer
Gabrielle Shaw ...
Herself - College Student
Eli Schemel ...
Himself - College Student
Gail Dines ...
Herself - Wheelock College
Damone Richardson ...
Himself - Media Industry Consultant
Ariel Levy ...
Herself - Female Chauvinist Pigs
Brandon Iron ...
Himself - Brandon Iron Productions
Robert Jensen ...
Himself - University of Texas at Austin
Annie Cruz ...
Herself - Porn Performer
Sarah Katherine Lewis ...
Herself - Author & Former Porn Performer
Joe Gallant ...
Himself - Black Mirror Productions
Ernest Greene ...
Himself - Editor, Taboo Magazine
Richard Wolff ...
Himself - University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has emerged as one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries, assuming an unprecedented role in the mainstream of our popular culture at the same time that its content has become more extreme and harsh, more overtly sexist and racist. This eye-opening and disturbing film tackles the complexity behind this seeming paradox, placing the voices of critics, producers, and performers alongside the observations of men and women as they candidly discuss the role pornography has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships. Honest and non-judgmental, The Price of Pleasure moves beyond the liberal versus conservative debates so common in the culture to paint a myth-busting and nuanced portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, liberty and responsibility have become intertwined in the most intimate area of our lives. An ideal tool for initiating classroom discussion about this ... Written by The Media Education Foundation

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Dr. Michael Kimmel, Professor of Sociology, SUNY-Stony Brook: When we discuss pornography in my classes, we always begin with what seem to be the wrong conversations -the actress's choices, no harm, no foul, being pro-porn is being pro-sex, men not being rapists and still liking it -always defensive and dishonest. I've been waiting for a film that was neither sanctimoniously scolding nor callously celebratory. And finally, there is The Price of Pleasure -a film to help us really see what we have been looking at, and to enable us, finally, to talk about ...
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B.S. Hierarchical feminism at its finest!
25 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As someone who likes a solid documentary that provides an objective look at both sides of the argument, and a lover of those kinds of films, as well as women in general, I can honestly say this propo-mentary of steaming crap is just that...crap. I saw a preview version of this documentary earlier today, and it annoyed me so much I had to spill my woman hating/degrading guts about it. Or so this flick would have have you think that's what my guts are made of, being a red-blooded male who played high-school sports, lost his virginity at 16, and fell in love for a couple years with another amazing woman.

I love porn, and if you're a guy reading this, you at least LIKE porn. Stop denying it to the chick sitting next to you...STOP IT! Being single for a while now (like a WHILE NOW!), and being a good looking, testosterone-filled 23 year old with an education, I have to wonder. I must wonder what kind of people, in the year 2009 (2008 and probably 07 and 06 in which the film was made) would make a film like this.

If you don't know anything about the porn industry, and you don't know much about women, and finally you know nothing about the human condition and the basic business model then this movie is just right for you! It will have you thinking like a generally ignorant, pseudo-lesbian, farrrr right conservative in no time! There are a lot of elements that make a good documentary, and this film has none of them, short of an above average soundtrack. The "facts" are way off base (to the tune of Farenheit 9/11 times 2), the content is grossly mis-represented, and the message preaches occurrence of abuse. There are so many positive things about expressing all forms of sexuality, kinky and/or degrading or not. Stating that women are degrading themselves in porn is just as much a fantasy as the most degrading porn.

For every role or situation a pornography director/producer creates, a talent is there to fill the role. After an AIDS test every thirty days or less, a meet and greet, a discussion of what the scene will be like, an agreement on price, a personal agreement between 2 or more performers and a director on what is on/off limits, a 3hr+ wait time to set up a shoot, it is sad that a willing woman is obviously forced into these acts for money /sarcasm


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