Love and Sex in an Age of Pornog­ra­phy

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 9.40pm, SBS Two This is not for the moral­is­tic or faint-hearted. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the porn in­dus­try in the 21st cen­tury, young Aus­tralians (men and women) talk unashamedly about their ad­dic­tion — Jake 18, watches four to five hours a day on­line; Jack, 20, started watch­ing when he was 12 — and Amer­i­can ‘‘ porn per­form­ers’’ talk en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about their ca­reers. The in­dus­try is worth more than $US25 bil­lion ($27.5bn) an­nu­ally and ac­counts for 30 per cent of in­ter­net traf­fic, ac­cord­ing to one ex­pert; Los An­ge­les, the porn cap­i­tal of the world, pumps out about 12,000 videos a year. One sleazy pro­ducer says he never has to ad­ver­tise for mod­els; he turns away sev­eral girls a day. It’s ‘‘ a re­ces­sion-proof’’ job, says one ac­tress, who shares de­tails of what ex­er­cises she must do to ac­com­mo­date the ‘‘ cir­cus acts’’ she’s ex­pected to per­form. As it seems ev­ery sec­ond per­son with a cam­corder is record­ing them­selves hav­ing sex and putting it on­line, Sleaze­bags says it’s now about ‘‘ do­ing some­thing be­yond the nor­mal . . . vis­ually in­ter­est­ing’’. But as one girl points out, men watch­ing this form of ag­gres­sive sex think of it as nor­mal, and that’s bad news for their wives and girl­friends. Dis­turb­ing but riv­et­ing.

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