Green Eggs and Porn

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“Like this chick I’m talking to; she’s 18, she looks like she’s 12 – with Double-Ds.” – Riley (talent scout)

It’s bedtime; my two daughters, 5 and 3, are sitting snugly on my lap listening to the cadence of my voice as I exuberantly  impart  the plight of Sam-I-Am who is trying, with great effort, to convince ‘Mr Grump’ (tall, droopy ears, back hat, yellow fur – that Mr Grump) on the merits of green eggs and ham – “Would you? Could you? In a car? Eat them! Eat them! Here they are.” As enthralling as Dr Seuss might be for the sixty-third time this year my mind wonders… and I am suddenly very conscious of the moment; that right now my girls are wrapped up in my arms, safe and secure. It won’t always be like this.

“Every day a new girl turns 18 and every day a new girl wants to do porn,” says pro-pimp Riley (of plain face and little personality) in Hot Girls Wanted – a new documentary that has been a breakout talking point since featuring at Sundance and Cannes this year. The film, which had its commercial debut on Netflix on May 29, tells the true story of five girls who’ve upped and offed to Miami, Florida, to do porn. They weren’t kidnapped and sold on the black market as sex slaves; they’re not flashing flesh in support of a vile addiction or to put themselves through uni; they’re not homeless and turning tricks to fund their next morsel of food. No. These girls chose. They chose!

Finally, after pages of cajoling, debating, convincing and pestering, Daniel tries the eggs – and, true’s nuts, he likes them. Green eggs – who knew? Apparently they’re delicious. My daughters look up at me, sparkles in their eyes, smiles on their faces and ask for another story. Time is short. I agree.

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All it took was an internet connection and an ad on Craigslist reading “Hot Girls Wanted” (listed under the ‘TV Shows and Radio’ jobs) and hey presto! the girl next door is doing porn; girls who weren’t even born when the internet came out. Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, the names behind Sexy Baby – a documentary examining the use of erotic images of children in mass media – had intended their new film to focus on guys at college who consume porn online but when they began investigating what the young men were watching – teens copulating on camera; they changed the film’s focus to the professional “amateur” porn world and the steady stream of 18-to-19-year old girls entering into it.

The film was shot over several months, following a group of wannabe Linda Lovelaces who’d signed with a Miami-based agency called Mofos. After relocating, the girls are offered bed and board in a vacuous suburban home – brown carpets, white walls and a couple of dogs. But neither the deadpan landscape nor the messy suitcases, obscenely large dildos and vaginal douching kits littering the road to porn princess-dom are enough to deter the wannabes from the pull of fame and fortune. Well, not initially.  It’s all just so easy. And so much more rewarding than a minimum wage job or tertiary education; when its $900 in five hours or $8.25 an hour, as Rachel, an 18-year-old from Oswego, Illinois, plainly puts it – it’s a no brainer. Act now. Think later. Pacify the need.

Instant gratification has been hailed the god of modern society, so really, should we be surprised, or shocked, that kids will do what it takes to make a quick buck?  Nonetheless, the pressure is on for the ‘hot girls’ trying to sex their way to a lucky break. Faced with the pressure to ‘make it’ and to cover a myriad of ad hoc expenses, the girls are confronted with the option to do niche videos, which pay more. Hot Girls Wanted cites a popular trend in porn as the forced blow job. Sites like “Facial Abuse” feature extreme oral sex aimed at making a girl vomit. Recent research shows that nearly 40 per cent of online pornography depicts violence against women. Graphic banner ads for sites like “18 and Abused” often appear prominently on mainstream porn sites. In 2014, abuse porn websites averaged over 60 million combined hits per month. More hits than Disney.com.

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“Please mummy, one more story. How about Little Red Riding Hood? But not the one we do at school, where granny gets locked in the cupboard. That’s not real – you told us so. Read us the one where the wolf eats granny all up.”

The film offers no answers. But it does make every parent in the known universe wish desperately for a desert island pronto – sand, sun, sea and no one else! Possibly the only light in a very dark tunnel is that girls doing amateur porn have a six month shelf life – at least there’s that. With “teen” the number one searched term in internet pornography and more people visiting porn sites than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined, Bauer and Gradus’s film suggests that parents are not over reacting. In fact, parents should be freaking the hell out!

But why watch the film? It’s not like we don’t know that the internet is a demon in disguise; a Pandora ’s Box that will unleash a tornado of pain at the mere mis-click of a button. Subjecting one’s self to the vicarious delusion of one’s own daughter compromised by the exploitation of a degenerate society that, more and more, turns the other cheek, is pure sadism.  But sometimes, surrounded by a self-induced bubble of myopia, a slap in the face is what we need. The film’s alarmist tone has an agenda; to judge without judging but also to terrify viewing parents into a heightened state of awareness, inciting them to initiate the necessary, age appropriate conversation with their child – whilst the Mileys, Kims and Rihannas of the world cavort in the background, competing for attention.

“It’s all about the guy getting off. The girl’s just there to help. As long as you’ve got boobs and a vagina and an ass…they don’t really care about who you are,” says Rachel.

I tuck my girls into the asylum of their Frozen bedspreads, smack their foreheads with a sloppy, mummy kiss and turn the light off, saying a prayer as I shut the door.

 

All statistics referenced in the above article are quoted from “Hot Girls Wanted”.

For more information on what you, as a parent, need to know about pornography online, visit Internetmatters.org/issues/online-pornography.

 

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