Hot Girls Wanted (2015), Sexy Baby (2012) and Pornography

Hot Girls Wanted is a very interesting film about four girls who wanted to make a name for themselves by doing porn. It’s an unique look at the other side of the industry since the closest many of us get is watching something pornographic. This looks at people trying to break into the business as they respond to a Craigslist ad about a free trip to like Miami and that’s how it begins. But this is not the best of places for people to retreat to as the girls don’t make much and although they are trying to run escape from something. Although girls do get free trips to Miami and other places their lives aren’t the greatest, the film focuses on those girls who just have entered the industry but they have no real say as to what they have to do. For many this included abuse porn scenes where they are bound and gagged and forced to take a dick down their throat until they throw up. Then there is all the verbal abuse as well. It’s not like it’s that surprising but most people just see the edited end results, and don’t care about the woman behind the scenes. Sure there is the general motherly concerns of a young woman heading to porn hoping to make a quick dollar as it turns out that it really isn’t worth it unless they get the interest of some larger porn agent.

Hot Girls Wanted comes from the people who made Sexy Baby back in 2012 which explored sexiness in the digital age, by looking at three individuals Nichole (Nikita Kash) an 32 year old ex adult film star, Winnifred a 12 year old and Laura a 22 year old who want to have a labia reduction surgery so that it look more like those of porn stars. This is an intriguing look at what is considered sexy and how some it effects people of various ages. With the over saturation of “sexiness” in society today the most interesting part was Winnifred as she is the individual that all this sexiness is directed toward and she is a feminist who wants to dress like Lady Gaga and post provocative pictures on Facebook. Nichole wants to start a family and she is trying to get away from porn but she has a pole dancing class which she teaches which has attracted many women to come and learn how to become”more sexy” for their partners. Laura’s story is the weirdest as her boyfriend it seems is that one who really wants the labia reduction to happen. i get that Laura thinks that having her labia all neat like those in porn is a cheaper alternative to getting like a boob job and it still has to effect of making her feel better about her body. With so much “amateur” pornographic images and videos available on the internet will this change the way that we look at the female body and what will titillate us in the future.

Rashida Jones is one of the producers of Hot Girls Wanted and has spoken out about the Pornification of Pop Culture, as it seems everything that happens we have less and less clothing on artist and it seems like most films and tv shows are showing more skin as well. In this Glamour piece she laments that now “every pop star interprets “sexy” the same way: lots of skin, lots of licking of teeth, lots of bending over.” Rashida finds this boring and she took to twitter to voice her dismay at what accounts for Pop Culture today and many people took to Rashida that she was slut shaming. Over on Shameless Popery they have a piece about Pornography looking at some of the lie of Porn. If you have some time to watch the films and read these two articles you will begins to look at pornography through a different lens. This is only the first step but hopefully something can be done to reverse the pornification of our culture.

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