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In this case we have a movie that tries to make the argument that somehow the porn industry, or men who make porn (specifically men, though plenty of women are involved in producing porn), or people who watch porn, or pop culture or SOMEONE is to blame for the choices these adult women make other than the women themselves. Another victim born.
Sure, there is a lot of manipulation and deception that occurs in the Porn industry. But it's not force, it's not rape, it's not human trafficking, it's not violence and it's not the threat of physical harm. The reality is the porn industry is already actually pretty heavily scrutinized by state and federal law. No one is forcing these women to get into porn in the first place and no one (certainly not the Porn studios) is forcing them to stay in it.
In fact, women show up to make these amateur videos in the hundreds these days, they've made themselves a disposable commodity.
Awful right? Well if it's awful who exactly is suffering? In the words of one of the women the film interviews, 'why work for 10 bucks an hour at a fast-food restaurant when she can make $2,500 having sex on camera in only a few hours?'.
The film makers want you to feel bad for women who decide to use their bodies as a shortcut to wealth. They only regret their choices once they decide the industry is difficult and the $10K to $20K they've made in from their handful of shoots is likely all the money they'll ever see from the industry.
However, this isn't deception as the filmmakers try to argue...of all the porn stars you know, only two or three have ever become millionaires doing it and most of them had to do hundreds (if not thousands) of films to get there. So these women, if they actually expect to become rich through making porn, are simply naive. That does not mean they were deliberately deceived by anyone.
The slippery slope where the movie makers cross the line is where they try to shame the people who work in a completely legal industry (making Porn) for trying to make selling what they make.
Should the government stop allowing the production of pornography? Should no sex scenes be allowed in movies? Should porn be regulated more actively? This implies the government should play some role in overseeing the production of hardcore adult films? Good luck with that.
OR perhaps the filmmakers no longer want women to be able to make choices for themselves. If so, who gets to make decisions for young girls now if not themselves? The Porn industry? The government? The parents? You?
I feel we should stop infantilizing women by implying they aren't smart enough to know EXACTLY what they are doing, why they are doing it, and what the repercussions will be.
Yes, these are young girls making poor choices. But the right to make poor choices is a responsibility of adults. According to the law these women are adults. Like all adults these women will live with the consequences of the choices they make, good or bad.
I rated this film a 1 for trying to force a moral argument when the actual 'documented' behavior shown on screen in this 'documentary' tells a different story. This is a story about delusional women who are looking for a quick path to fame and fortune, who are willing to use their bodies to do it and who want you to feel bad for them when they don't get what they want.
They should have titled it 'Bowling for Idiots'.
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