Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography
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.