Hot Girls Wanted

Hot Girls Wanted

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There is a new documentary on Netflix called Hot Girls Wanted, produced by actress, Rashida Jones, and it has caused a bit of an uproar in the porn community. Some people in the adult industry feel that it’s not an accurate representation of their industry and is just another means to reinforce stereotypes and make the adult industry look bad. I recently watched it. Here are my thoughts…

 

This movie follows a small group of girls in Florida who are just starting out in the porn business. Most of them are 18 or just around that age. They are excited about their new life and the new opportunities ahead of them consisting of independence and money. Predictably so, some of the girls eventually come to realize that monetizing their sexuality does not empower them. They then quit the porn industry and continue on with their lives. I enjoy documentaries that leave me with something new to think about. So, what did this documentary leave me with? Absolutely nothing that I, nor a good portion of the american population, didn’t already know. We already are very aware that young girls are being exploited in the sex industry every day. What people are uneducated about or misinformed of is why or what we can do about this problem. This documentary answers neither of those questions.

 

I really wanted to like this documentary, and I was ready to defend it, but after watching it, I couldn’t do that. The reason girls are exploited in the sex industry has MANY layers to it, and therefore, a documentary on this subject has so much potential to have depth and insight into our hyper-sexual, yet sexually-uneducated culture in America. Instead, I found Hot Girls Wanted to be superficial and an ineffective means to help a group of victims. I also found it to be extremely tactless to watch the documentary take multiple stabs at random clips of Belle Knox, the Duke University student who was outed as a pornstar last year, and try and discredit many statements she made in the media. Overall, the documentary went like this: Here are these girls. They are being exploited. It is really sad. Then, after multiple scenes of tears and shame, the documentary ends with a vague message, leaving the viewer with a demonized view of the adult film industry.

 

I understand why Rashida Jones would want to make this documentary; she saw a group of young victims, and she wanted to raise awareness around the issue of female exploitation. Unfortunately, the documentary doesn’t have a view point about this subject beyond “this is bad” except that it alludes to pornography as being the problem. Because of this vague message, it gives no insight into why this is happening or how we can work towards reducing female exploitation.

 

It is disheartening to see the girls in this documentary have the experiences they had and to think there are so many more out there just like them. I admit that there is a lack of support and resources for girls who are new to the industry or interested in getting into the industry, but there are organizations that are working towards changing this. I hope to one day see a place where girls can go so they can be better prepared and better able to make a more informed decision about their potential future in the adult industry. Instead of demonizing a legitimate industry, we need to give these girls the tools they need to make educated decisions for themselves.

 

-Chanel

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20 thoughts on “Hot Girls Wanted

  1. Crazy Phil says:

    Beautiful women rule this earth. Men are in bondage to the mesmerizing beauty of women. Women love to wear high heels, for one reason only, to arouse the male and all that this implies. Yes, a gorgeous, confident woman wearing a pair of black stilettos and displaying shapely calves and a tight, globose, firm rump, drives man completely berserk! Imagine if you will, some scintillating goddess, with huge electric eyes and lustrous lashes curled an inch long, a stunning smile, with a mouth made for kissing and limbs, soft, supple and sweet. Wow!, does more for me than a bag full of diamonds, or vault full of gold…yes women…beautiful, sexy, glamorous women… mind you, rule the world. Men are their ardent, willing slaves. One more thing sexy Asian women, who have been raised on an American diet, born and bred in America, are hot too. Look at Asa Akira, oh my GOSH! She is FINE! Killer legs, killer curves, and a gorgeous face, Japanese American, she is fine

  2. ClimatePuppy says:

    I haven’t watched “Hot Girls Wanted”, but now I plan to. Just to check it out, you know? I have watched “After Porn Ends”, “X Rated: A Journey through Porn” (I think that’s the title), and “Girl Next Door”.

    From what I can surmise about some porn performers (and call me out if I’m wrong) is that some of the women in porn don’t fully expect what happens when they become relegated to being mere sexual objects, and some of the men in porn lead solitary lives outside of their work. Very lonely.

    Anyway, that’s what I gathered from the documentaries that I have watched about the porn industry. I probably need to re-watch them.

    What I think is the heart of the matter with why some porn performers start to look at porn as a mistake is the constant bigotry they suffer. It’s a shame! I don’t like anyone feeling like they’re never gonna get work again because they just did what all their haters do behind closed doors. It’s not fair! It’s not right! I hate that being the case, but that’s what it appears like to ignorant persons like me.

    Anyway, I’ll end my comment by describing something that stood out to me in one of the porn documentaries that I did see. It was the one called “Girl Next Door”. The porn-star who the documentary was following said how she desired a guy to just touch her forearm and not have it be part of some sexual overture. Chanel, do you ever feel this way about guys? You don’t have to answer, but I just find it interesting.

  3. Sleepless G says:

    I saw Hot Girls Wanted and here are some comments I did about it in a short blog. And….documentaries come in all forms….they do not have to answer questions or be complete…..but hopefully they can make you think for yourself.

    By sleeplessg
    May 28, 2015 6 a.m.
    Yes, Hot Girls are Wanted by many. ha ha But this is the title of a documentary produced in part by actress Rashida Jones, (Quincy’s daughter), premiering May 29 on Netflix. This documentary tells the story of some young women who have migrated into pornography. Supposedly this is a trend young girls and women everywhere are undertaking. I saw this trend about 16 years ago in South Florida where young females would leave school, turn 18 and start dancing in strip clubs…then go on to do hardcore movies. Those neophytes turned to porn for a myriad of reasons…..the excitement, ascertaining freedom and the easy money. Not that I think the money in porn is easy.
    I don’t know very much about the porn industry except that it is purported to be a multi-billion dollar industry. I’m sure many people enjoy some forms of this adult entertainment and there is probably a place for it in society. But to be short and sweet…I Do Not think porn should be a career-choice for young girls. But more and more, pornography is sanctioned to be OK. Exposing yourself on film in the strangest of ways is just not a deal-breaker anymore. You can become a celebrity by doing porn. The money and “glamour” can be great. There is probably a lot that comes with a porn-career, but I’m not convinced it’s all worth it.

  4. Claude C. says:

    Anyone who is capable to press the record button of a camcorder or iphone can make porn these days and will find girls they can exploit. The so called industry is a shark tank, has no code of conduct but instead a crisis of identity . Its business is based on exploitation aka fresh flesh. As long as well settled performers of both sexes don’t say No to act in scenes in which they are the lead of sexual exploitation of female and male co-performers they are integral part of the exploiter fraction . This is bad and sad, too . Sex and porn are not private only . They more are public and political .

  5. Dave from Scotland says:

    I was thinking about Hot Girls Wanted again today.
    Actually a whole bunch of other documentaries, Blackfish, Super Size Me, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the room to name a few.
    They’re all similar inasmuch as they focus on specific bad examples/situations within larger (perhaps controversial or polarizing) industries. I was just wondering if there is equal negative association attached to the larger industries that the above documentaries are part of.
    Would the people that think that Hot Girls Wanted is indicative or representative of every, or even the majority, of experiences/stories of performers in the porn industry apply that same principal to the larger industries’ of the subjects of the other documentaries?
    It could be a case of confirmation bias, or further evidence, if any were needed, to the unequal standards that are applied to the sex work industry.
    Purely hypothetical of course but I thought I’d throw it out there.

    • Chanel Preston says:

      Biased information is very common when it comes to documentaries no matter what the subject is. It’s true that the Hot Girls Wanted documentary does not represent the majority of the industry, but the creators felt there was a compelling story there. This would be the case with any industry I’m sure. I think the best thing to do is research and keep an open mind. Also, when you watch something like this documentary, challenge your understanding of the subject and ask yourself questions throughout.

  6. Bryan says:

    I literally just finished watching “Hot Girls Wanted” like 30 minutes ago. Honestly, I don’t understand why women aren’t the ones calling all the shots in porn. As far as I know, Porn is watched primarily by heterosexual men. Like most men I don’t care which guy is in a scene, who directs it or what site/studio produced it. Women appear to be the most important resource in the industry.

    • Chanel Preston says:

      There are plenty of women who are in complete control of their careers in the adult film industry. Most people just don’t see that side of them. There are still a lot of men who run the show overall but more and more women taking control of their careers every day.

  7. Glistening, Bronzed, Svelte STUD says:

    I like women who initially spurn me, then I start my action, a series of hot glances, sweet, smooth talk, flattery and then…well, you get the idea, the ultimate challenge is when the gorgeous, sizzling brunette acts like she doesn’t want you…but you know, we all know!

  8. Glistening, Bronzed, Svelte STUD says:

    Chanel you are gorgeous. I like women who bake in the sun, or a tanning salon…devoid of bikini, as I like my chica’s with no tan-lines, bronzed, smooth, silky and savage…HOT BABY! I like my women, red-hot, pedicured, shaved from the neck down, and golden bronzed, glistening and smokin’ BABY!…Chanel, you are gorgeous, do you ever hit the tanning beds sweetie?

  9. JiJi says:

    Hi! I’m so happy to hear your opinion on this! I just watched this documentary last night, and it’s all I’ve been thinking and reading about, so I’m so happy to hear from someone in the industry. I have a lot I’d like to talk about so sorry in advanced for the length of this message =)

    First of all, I felt the same shortcomings you did after watching it. The documentary offered no solutions, and that’s something I would have loved to see. I think it is helpful in breaking down some stereotypes though. I’ve never really delved into the subject, so I apologize for my ignorance, but I did just assume that people who entered porn were people who had poor childhoods, or some sort of issues, or didn’t have any other option or were somehow tricked into it. Once again, I apologize, and no longer think that at all, in part because of this documentary but also this blog. I didn’t realize that people pursue a career in porn just like they pursue any other career in the entertainment industry. I love so much that this documentary humanized porn actors to me and lead me to other research that helped me find your blog!

    Something that the documentary did bring up that really upset me is the lack of regulation in the industry. Or maybe not really the lack of regulation (bc lets be honest, government regulation isn’t the most effective thing in the world), but the fact that the girls just didn’t seem to really know what they were getting themselves into, and didn’t have the strong voice that you talk about in your introduction video to say no to things they don’t want to do. You mentioned that there are organizations that try to provide some resources/support, could you tell what those organizations are so that I can continue my research?

    I also was really sad to learn that one of the girls mentioned that she wasn’t on birth control. Like I said, I’m really ignorant about the whole industry, but why wouldn’t you be on birth control? I know you aren’t her, so it’s unfair to ask you to answer that question, but do you think it’s about money or just not understanding how important it is or what?

    Haha I could talk about this all day, but thank you for such a lovely blog that I’m sure is helping to not only break down stereotypes, but also helping to address the serious issue of being in a hyper-sexualized country that still somehow manages to also shame sex.

    • Chanel Preston says:

      I’m so happy you are taking an interest in learning more about how the industry works! And please don’t apologize. I understand why people have misconceptions about the industry :)

      Although there are many organizations that aim to help sex workers, there is only one that was created to help adult film performers and that’s the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) apac-usa.org. I am actually the president of the organization, and we aim to educate new and current performers about the industry and also their own bodies. Unfortunately, there is such a lack of sex education that a lot of performers are getting the wrong information (hence the birth control issue you mention in your comment). APAC is working towards providing resources for performers. Although our website and information is available to anyone, we hope to branch out to places such as Las Vegas, New York, and Florida where we can provide direct support to the performers there.

  10. Johnny Calalalava says:

    Rashida Jones is the star producer of this movie, but Britanny Huckabee, a serious
    filmaker, is the brains behind the film.

    P.S. This blog post on Talking Points Memo is an interesting read
    The deep class issues hidden in an explosive new doc about amateur porn
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/class-issues-missing-from-hot-girls-wanted

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  12. without stigmas says:

    I understand and agree with you. The great achievements of minorities never had support of the press, and it was possible because of ordinary people like you who insist on to change society. How about you make a documentary showing the other side of the porn industry ?? I would like to help as a volunteer. Long live freedom and the differences!

  13. massimiliano says:

    Unfortunately many people take advantage of it
    I agree that in every field people just want to earn on other leather
    Sorry for my english

  14. without stigmas says:

    I think this kind of documentary serves to generate these discussions on the subject. Just as I think other holdings must be demonstrated, for example in the fashion industry that enslaves thousands of human beings, but these big brands are spared by interest.
    Does the intention of the director of the documentary is not draw attention to the problem that unfortunately exist?

    • Chanel Preston says:

      You are right; the documentary absolutely does draw attention to the topic discussed, and this is why I really wanted to like the documentary. But I just feel the documentary overall was not done well and could have been more insightful. As mentioned in my blog, the fact that girls are getting exploited is nothing new, and I would have liked to have seen something that addressed solutions as well as issues instead of stating something that is fairly well-known.

  15. GeoDav says:

    Exploitation is something that happens in any industry. Individuals without any business savvy place themselves at risk for exploitation. No business is devoid of this, so clearly there’s an agenda to shun porn in a negative manner. Viva la porn!

    • Chanel Preston says:

      I absolutely I agree, and say this to people all the time. Porn is an easy target, but it’s easy to take advantage of individuals in any industry.

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