“Hot girls wanted” and the stigmatization of pornography.

Lately everybody is talking about the documentary that has just been released in Netflix.

“Hot girls wanted” reveals the guts of the amateur pornography while following the footsteps of a few girls that just got into the business…and why is this interesting? Because they have decided to address the issue (as usual) from the perspective of exploitation, victimizing its participants. The poor 18-years-old girl who answered an ad from Craigslist and is thrown into a debacle of chaos, sex and destruction without a possibility to get out. And that of course is very easy way to stigmatize our profession: everybody wants to hear how bad is pornography and how much damage our society, but nobody wants to hear the good news. And there are lots.

For those who are looking for realistic information…Do not waste your time with this film! Its criticism is not objective and neither reasoned and presents only a fragment of the business.


Is there exploitation in pornography? Yes. Just as there is exploitation in the fashion or music business. Or a waitress who is working 10 hours per day earning peanuts is not exploited? And why this doesn’t deserve so much attention?
Because, of course, sex is bad. Porn is bad. The porn stars are cheated to get into the industry.

Who, in full possession of their faculties would get into porn, enjoying their body and their sexuality on camera!
Users, fans and the general public don’t want to hear the truth, but to reaffirm their opinions. They want to hear the same leading heard for years: that our working conditions are disgusting, we are forced to engage in practices that do not want to do, we feel dirty, disgusted, deceived. We don’t find normal jobs, our children are ashamed of us. We are sorry of have belonged to the industry. I was young and someone cheated me!

People want to know how bad is our job because sensationalism oh, dear! sells well. Happiness does not.
And to think that a girl for the sake of being beautiful and enjoy sex can be earning in a month more than what you earn in a year, is frustrating. So the best thing for our comfort and peace of mind, is to think that they are whores, sluts. They do not deserve our respect because they are dirty and no one will love them for the rest of their life.

Think about the unhappiness of others makes us feel a little more comfortable with our frustrations.

Of course, the problem with this is that it is not true. There are many girls who are in hell, and so many others that we are not.

Let’s see if we realize that most of the stereotypes and prejudices we have about the industry are given by documentaries like this. Biased information that omites important data and offers a partial view of the matter.

I know many of you still think that the porn industry is sordid, harmful and dark. That we hate what we do. Now set yourselves to think one second…Could it be that the information that has come to you is manipulated? Could your opinions be founded on some assumptions that are simply not real? Maybe you prefer not to think a lot, so you realize that things are not so bad?

Now, if you read this, it’s time to think about it.

  1. We have exchanged an email communication on this topic. I DID actually watch this documentary. I believe that there is some truth to some of what was discovered. Yet I also believe, as I have previously stated to you, that there needs to be a fundamental shift in society’s positions on, and definitions of, the professions of escorts, models. etc. I also think there needs to be more oversight for the industry and available education for those models, male and female, who wish to enter into any of these industries. For instance, if an 18 or 19 year old is considering entering the modeling business, perhaps an internship of some sort should be offered to him/her where they participate as some sort of an assistant behind the scenes of a film production company so that they can see for themselves if this is truly something they are interested in, prior to them actually engaging in the profession. I stand by my belief that an 18 year old or 19 year old does not have the mental maturity to make such a decision, and here is why I believe this:

    Between ages 12 and 25, the brain changes its structure in a few important ways. Neurons in the early adolescent brain become bushier, growing more and more overlapping connections and reaching toward one another, nearly touching except for tiny gaps known as synapses. When an electrical impulse—or action potential—reaches a connection, the neuron flings spurts of chemical messages across the synapse. Over time, depending on how teens busy and user their minds, connections around the least used synapses wither, while connections flanking the most trafficked synapses grow thicker, strengthening those connections. Meanwhile, as neurons in the adolescent brain make and break connections, glia—non-firing brain cells—set to work wrapping neurons in a fatty white tissue known as myelin, considerably increasing the speed at which electrical impulses travel along neurons’ branches.

    Even though these developmental changes continue far longer than researchers initially thought, they are not as dramatic in the twenties as they are in the teens. “In the twenties, the brain is definitely still changing, but it’s not rampant biological change,” says Beatriz Luna of the University of Pittsburgh. “Most of the brain’s systems are good to go in one’s twenties.” B.J. Casey of Weill Cornell Medical College made a similar remark: “Most of my functional imaging work shows the greatest brain changes between 13 and 17 with relative stability across 20s.” Given this information, it is clear that a teenager’s brain is still in development while a 20-something’s brain is more stable. Given that neuro-synaptic connections are still growing during the teenage years, I think it would be remiss if we did not encourage that age group to have some sort of mandatory wait time and/or internship process that did not involve intimacy/sexual contact until age 21. This is, of course, my own opinion and I do know that some will disagree with me.

    There is also pointed out in the documentary that some come from situations where they were unfortunately exposed to intimacy in an unhealthy way and therefore enter into the industry that way. This is a fact. However, to blame these industries and/or professions for this is to ignore the fundamental breakdown that occurs at the family level. Sexual abuse, of adults and children, is a fact and has to be addressed. We need more mental health services and Child/Family services to address these issues. This will in turn have an impact on preventing these individuals from entering the profession simply because it was what they were unfortunately exposed to as a victim. Yet to say that ALL professionals in these industries suffer from this background is to stereotype, and to do this leads to as much exploitation and prejudice as the persons attempting to decry and slur said professions because it is simply something they do not understand. And a lack of understanding leads to fear, and fear leads to prejudice, and prejudice leads to hate.

  2. to be realistic I’m quite sure there are girls in porn that are not really happy with what they are doing. but picking those examples and showing it as a whole industry is not right. I’ve seen a lot of pornstars on twitter those are really enjoying their life and taking their steps with logic. but seems it’s wiser to show the tragedy rather than the good sides to get selected in film festivals.

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