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Good & Bad in Porn – Thoughts on Netflix’s “Hot Girls Wanted”

Hot Girls Wanted, a new film from Jim Bauer and Ronna Gradus, explores the world of new-comers to the Miami porn industry, digging into the lives of five main girls living and working alongside one another in an attempt to make it big as ‘am-pro’ (amateur professional) porno actresses.

Clearly nobody needs to re-examine the way that pornography affects society at large. However, rarely do you find such intimate thoughts and opinions on the porn industry coming from people this fresh to the community itself, allowing us to experience the community through the eyes of a newcomer.

The film gives timeframes over which many young pornographic actors enter and leave the industry. Three months is the average time that a actress will spend in the industry, after which work either dries up, or they go back home.

One actress, Rachel, appears in the film only a week and a half into her career. Later in the film, we watch Rachel shoot a scene with Tony D, a mature male actor (dude looks about 50 something), during which Tony and Rachel are repeatedly told that they key to the scene is that “you (Tony) never even really get that full yes, but you’ve been giving little yeses to the big yes.”, the idea basically being that Tony D fucks an 18 year old without her full consent.

At around 50 minutes in, we’re shown parts of an clip in which one of the girls, Jade, is degraded and abused as part of a ‘Facial Abuse’ video produced by the website latinoabuse.com. During the video, Jade is forced to give blowjobs to the point where she vomits into a dog bowl, and is then told to lick up her own vomit. Jade rationalises this by saying “I don’t judge anybody. They’re watching it on the computer and they’re not going out and doing it to an actual girl”.

In conversation with my girlfriend after the documentary ended, one thing that consistently came up was this justification commonly found in the industry, especially in regards to abuse porn, that ‘at least its just on the computer’, but having thought about it over the past few days, I’m left wondering if that’s entirely true.

I’m no stranger to having a warped perception of sex. When my girlfriend and I first started having sex, after years of “flying solo” with the help of my trusty internet connection, there were a few clearly uncomfortable times where I had to be told, “don’t do that, I don’t like it”. Obviously, being a sane person, I wised up quickly to the line drawn between the reality of sex and the one portrayed on a screen, but what happens when people are getting off to stuff like ‘Facial Abuse’ before they’re even in an intimate relationship? Our expectations of sex are usually incorrect enough without having women lick their own vomit up before on our screens every time we need to bust a nut.

I’m not about to argue that the popularity of pornography is causing sexual violence (studies actually show the contrary), but when young kids expect their sexual partners to have huge dicks or bowling ball size boobs, what help are things like ‘Facial Abuse’ doing for the idea young people have of sex?

According to Hot Girls Wanted, abused porn websites averaged 60 million hits a month in 2014, more than websites like nab.com, nfl.com, or disney.com.

By Nicholas Kennedy / @nickkennedy


  1. It starts simple enough, watching porn. Like a drug, it creeps toward the perverse, beyond the one-on-one and toward the rougher edgier type. Simple romantic porn no longer “works.” Gonzo in porn parlance. Spoken from experience.


  2. Yuck. Why isn’t it enough for people to get off on seeing people have a great time having sex? How can you really be enjoying it while you degrade another person? Sex is a beautiful thing to be celebrated, and these people turn it into something shameful.



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