Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality, and Relationships
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The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships
Directed and Produced by Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun
Co-Writer and Associate Producer: Robert Wosnitzer
Once relegated to the margins of society, pornography has become one of the most visible and profitable sectors of the cultural industries in the United States. It is estimated that the pornography industry's annual revenue has reached $13 billion. At the same time, the content of pornography has become more aggressive, more overtly sexist and racist.
The film features the voices of consumers, critics, and pornography producers and performers. It is particularly revealing when male pornographers openly discuss their views about women and how men should relate to them, and when male and female porn users candidly discuss the role pornography has played in shaping their sexual imaginations and relationships. The film paints both a nuanced and complex portrait of how pleasure and pain, commerce and power, and liberty and responsibility are intertwined in the most intimate aspects of human relations.
At the same time, the film examines the unprecedented role that commercial pornography now occupies in U.S. popular culture. Going beyond the debate of liberal versus conservative so common in the culture, The Price of Pleasure provides a holistic understanding of pornography as it debunks common myths about the genre.
The film features interviews with scholars of mass media (Gail Dines and Robert Jensen), economics (Richard Wolff), and psychology (Dr. Ana Bridges); writers on pornography and popular culture (Ariel Levy and Pamela Paul); producers and performers from the pornography industry (John Stagliano, Joanna Angel and Ernest Greene); and a former stripper/porn performer-turned-author (Sarah Katherine Lewis).
Please note that this is a full-length "preview" version. Please support the filmmakers by purchasing the DVD at http://thepriceofpleasure.com/.
Dec 30, 2008, 09:19:18
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I will have a look. Ariel Levy is in it.
Ariel Levy's "Female Chauvinist Pigs" is one of the best things I ever read.
Levy now writes for New York Magazine. I was hoping for more in book form on the subject of FCP. Sort of off topic but I'm looking forward to further comment.
Dec 30 2008, 20:03 UTC
I suppose the message is something along the lines of 'industrialization of sex castrates art.' At best this is an attempt to distract people away from exploring the issue of the human unconscious while dealing with a topic that lends itself to study of the unconscious. At worst this is just another example of feminism stealing the spotlight away from the universal injustice of economic exploitation. My review: ENEMY PROPAGANDA!!!
Dec 31 2008, 09:14 UTC
full-length "preview" version.
Please, if it's anything but the full thing, say it in the title, trailer, short preview, long preview, whatever is NOT the full content has to be explicitly mentioned in the title.
The fact that it's a nice empowering revolutionary movie made with your sweat and blood and also with the help of your friend OR the latest worst mind enslaving advertised piece of shit does NOT change ANYTHING, be honest with users, PROVIDE ACCURATE INFORMATION. Thank you.
Dec 31 2008, 10:22 UTC
Ok. I kind of agree with 'enemy propaganda'.
Though it was worth a watch. Sexuality and porn are quite complex topics and this one hardly scratched the surface. I would like a bit deeper insight. Sure porn and sex have victims, which is something we might like to fight. Of course economic system has a lot to do with it. I stll kind of doubt if taking away one's best option is the smartest way to proceed.
Another example: brain researchers say that male (unlike female) brains are simulated in the 'agression areas' during sexual arousal. This is something to both understand and be cautious. For sure it is not because of porn. Quite likely agressive porn is made that way because of this.
It is surely interesting how culture of porn changes sexual behaviour, both male and female. This film gives rather narrow perspective. Liberated or surpressed? etc. I quess by nature most females like to be admired because of their appearance and most males do admire females, how porn or sexual culture changes this is complex question. Would be nice to see something a bit deeper and not so partial.
'About things that you can not talk, you have to be silent.' -Wittgenstein
Dec 31 2008, 16:25 UTC
Regarding previews, the file size is pretty small. I haven't sat down to watch it yet. Industrialization aside, *production* in at least one instance is being done by a womens collective called Digital Playground.
This has to have some significance. And DP has a wiki.
Dec 31 2008, 17:19 UTC
ok, I've seen it now. Let the games begin.
Even though a preview it is a full 58 minutes long with credits at the end.
I like to preface any discussion of this topic with the recommendation of seeing a mainstream film release called "The Notorious Betty Page"; a film produced and directed by women and starring the most excellent Gretchen Mol. It's available in most vid. stores and my public library has it.
Perhaps take this discussion to the forum and go from there?
Dec 31 2008, 22:08 UTC