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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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El precio del placer - Pornografía, sexualidad y relaciones  »

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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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Palpable Bias
22 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first want to say that I was really interested in what the description of this movie was selling. A well-reasoned, objective look to the impact of pornography on our society. There are zealots on either side of the issue and I was hoping to see a doc which would forgo the emotion and hyperbole and stick to facts.

This is not that movie. If you are skeptically-minded and you want to get an idea of just the negative aspects of pornography on our society, you should watch this movie and take most of it with a grain of salt. There were some good, seemingly objective studies featured in this film and some well-reasoned arguments against many aspects of pornography. I appreciated that.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of the commentators on this documentary speak in terms of anecdotes or personal philosophy against pornography. The supporters of pornography and their comments seem to be cherry- picked to appear unsavory, infantile, etc. The narration and the flare is very clearly meant to condemn.

The main reason why I gave this documentary 4 stars is because I feel that documentaries with such evident bias that are described as an intellectual inquisition into a topic are an insult to the viewer's intelligence. The viewer isn't dumb. Unless the viewer wants to see an issue heavily skewed to one side, they *know* when they are being misled. The filmmaker's bias is so blatant in the content of the film that the description ceases to describe the film and instead makes the film out to be propaganda.

This doc could have been so much better.


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