9 To 5: Days In Porn

9 To 5: Days In Porn is a German documentary, culled from a year’s worth of filming from director Jens Hoffmann. The film depicts the stories of several characters behind this multi-billion industry without glorification or prejudice.  It follows Mark Spiegler, the agent “Where does a girl who hasn’t gone to college or even finished high school make more money than a doctor? Porn”. Married couple Otto Bauer and Audrey, who perform, produce and direct pornographic movies. Also their relationship that begins to show struggle under conditions that require a strong immune system. Belladonna, a porn idol who is also a caring mother and devoted wife. Mia Rose, an 18 year old who has just entered the business. Sasha Grey, the “Rookie” who offers some thoughts on how she sees pushing boundaries in her own adult film work as a method of empowering women to fully explore their own sexuality.

What I appreciate most about this documentary is its non-biased perspective. Instead of trying to victimize the characters, it offers an authentic and unembellished view of the porn industry. People so often want to present or believe adult stars to be a bunch of junkies or naïve dummies who, have been lured into the business by some creepy pimp who calls himself an agent. But this is not the case. In this documentary the adult stars interviewed give various and valid reasons for entering the business, none of which involved coercion. Sasha Grey offers the most insight, which makes her such an interesting character. From everything I’ve seen of her, her message is very clear. Grey entered the business to push her own limits as well as those in the porn industry. She saw it as an opportunity to express her own individuality and sexuality as well as building a career. There go whatever the adults stars reasoning, all of them know full well what they are doing and give their full consent.

Overall, this documentary reveals the porn industry from those who are actually living it. It’s made clear that the stars choose this path consciously and clearly so in my eyes it shows pornography is not objectifying. The stars give their full consent, it’s a business and there’s no doubt that there is a high consumer demand for porn. We know what it’s about, so live and let live.

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