Hot Girls Wanted: New Documentary Offers Disturbing Look At The Amateur Porn Industry

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Hot Girls Wanted: New Documentary Offers Disturbing Look At The Amateur Porn Industry
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Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, the filmmakers behind the 2012 documentary, Sexy Baby, explore a disturbing bi-product of the selfie-obsessed, fame chasing, digital age in their latest film, Hot Girls Wanted, which hit Netflix on Friday. Produced by Rashida Jones, and considered the breakout documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, it spotlights the amateur porn industry and the young women it exploits.

The film follows a group of young women who are all recruited to the industry through ads posted on Craigslist by the men that make these movies. After posting his ad with the title “Free Flight To Miami,” one of the guys creepily explains, “I only work with amateur girls, brand new to the industry. Usually like 18-21.” He punctuates the thought with a brazen laugh, “I call them teeny-boppers.”

In an interview with Flavorwire, Ronna noted that they’re “not anti-pornography. Jill and I are not trying to say ‘Let’s end porn.’ It’s always been around… We always say this is like the Super Size Me of porn, which is just to make consumers aware of what goes into what they’re watching.”

According to Cinemablend, “The original intention of the Hot Girls Wanted documentary was to explore the male consumption of pornography on college campuses, but after seeing that most of these men were watching porn starring these young girls, curiosity swayed towards why these women were entering the industry in the first place.”

At Sundance in January, Rashida talked to TheWrap about the film, and made a clear distinction between the concept of sexuality and sexualization when it comes to amateur porn. “Because it’s performative, women aren’t feeling joy from it. This would be a whole different conversation if women were like, ‘We’re having sex. We love it so much. We want more of it. We feel so good about our bodies and ourselves.’ But that’s not the conversation.” She added, “It’s performative, it’s fulfilling a male fantasy. It’s not about how you feel about it; it’s going with it ’cause you’re making money, which again is like the connection between it being a female empowerment thing.”

Case in point, one of the young women in the film exclaims, “Are you kidding me? I made $900 in five hours. I’m going to go home and make $8.25 an hour? No. No no no no.” Jones acknowledged that this is where the conversation surrounding amateur porn can get tricky. “You’re making money and therefore you’re empowered, but what is the real cost to your soul, to your psyche?” She concluded, “Women should feel pleasure and have sex and feel good about it, but that’s not what’s happening.”

  • K8

    “it’s going with it ’cause your making money”
    I think you mean “you’re” there.

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