A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Director Erika Lust makes her case that sexual violence against women often portrayed in porn today could be countered if women (like her) were making the movies.
Positive Role Models
Businesswoman, TED talk presenter Erika Lust talks about her personal mission to change the porn industry from male-centered and violent to erotic and with equal voices for male and female sexuality. First female Playboy photographer Suze Randall discusses the negative changes in the industry from an earlier time when it was more about sex, not violence against women.
Violence & Scariness
Disturbing discussions and video images of violence against women in pornography, including specific violent acts; a woman screaming with a man's hand around her neck during a pornographic scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full nudity, all parts shown. Video scenes of pornography being shot. Scenes related to degradation of women. Pressure on women to produce and conform to today's standards of violent, aggressive porn or loss of work. Pornography is glorified -- including a "10-girl orgy" -- in both historical and current contexts, in still shots and videos. Multiple types of pornography discussed, portrayed, and trivialized.
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"F--k," "punish f--king"; very explicit talk about body parts, sexual acts; other swear words.
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Products & Purchases
Websites of porn producers named or listed on-screen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On is a six-part anthology about the online pornography industry, and it's not suitable for kids. Created by director Rashida Jones as an extension of her documentary Hot Girls Wanted, it addresses issues of sexuality and technology, including women directors in the porn industry. It includes graphic scenes of pornography, complete nudity, and disturbing discussions and scenes of violence against women in porn.
Is It Any Good?
The intention behind this documentary series may have been to shed light on the porn industry, but in the end it only muddies the water. There are so many conflicting messages -- porn violence against women versus women's empowerment through directing porn; a mother-daughter porn legacy who now disagree about the viability of the industry -- that it almost feels pointless. Then there's the sexual content. Obviously, there's going to be sexual content in a documentary about porn. But whether the directors actually had to include as much as they did -- including a highly disturbing scene of a woman being held down by her neck in a porn scene, as well as footage from an "upscale" porn film being made for "responsible consumers" with a rather reluctant female participant -- is questionable. Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On is decidedly not for kids and teens. And because it lacks a cogent, compelling point on this important social issue, it's not for discerning adults, either.
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