By Eliana Dockterman Updated: May 3, 4: Turned On, an offshoot of the documentary Hot Girls Wanted. The series has drawn some criticism after two women said they were shown briefly in a Periscope clip without their permission, and an adult film actor who appeared in the series claimed she had revoked her permission to be filmed.
The creators have responded , saying their practices adhered to legal standards. Jones spoke to TIME about porn as sex education, how technology both facilitates and hinders intimacy, and the recent controversy.
How did you become interested in the topic of sex and technology? And things were very different than when I was growing up: That was my in into this world because I think technology is a huge part of that. That movie represents a very specific set of stories that come out of a very specific type of porn. It did not represent all of porn, and there was a conversation among people in the industry about whether that movie was really representative.
And I understood the fact that people inside the industry felt stigmatized and marginalized by that movie because it could be the only thing that anyone has seen inside the porn industry. So we wanted to make sure to broaden the spectrum of what is happening in the sex industry today. We did a study in conjunction with the series with Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute: The parents have no idea what their kids are doing. They were wrong about all of it. The average age of watching your first porn is How to Talk to Your Kids About Porn The episode also points out that the proliferation of free porn on the Internet means that filmmakers have less funding.
Holly and [her mother Suze, the first on-staff female photographer at Playboy] told me that there was more money to go around before the Internet. In another episode, a male porn actor is asked to mimic violent acts.
The male actor says later in an interview that he and other black men in porn are often asked to pretend to be violent, especially when acting with white women. He says porn is the last industry in which people can discriminate based on race.
That revelation was rather upsetting. If that kind of racism [like typecasting black actors] was happening in Hollywood, oh you best believe that there would be a public outcry. Roy Rochlin—FilmMagic A lot of the episodes touch on the issue of privacy. Do you think control over your Internet footprint is an illusion?
I think millennials are more comfortable with that tension. Until the two things come crashing into each other, as they do in the last episode. That episode is about Marina Lonina, the teenager who filmed her friend being raped on the app Periscope and has to serve time in prison because of it. A few are claiming that their images were used in the series without their permission.
My interest and expertise are more on the creative side. I was not that involved in the legal vetting of the show. I fully understand the shock and frustration they must have. And I totally get that. I do feel compassion for them. It really was just a montage of people on Periscope. But I have a lot of compassion for them, and I understand how they must feel. Were there any takeaways from working on this series that you feel you can apply to your own life?
We have puritanical history but also these deep desires. The original version of this article misidentified the filmmakers featured in the first episode of Hot Girls Wanted: