There are visionary pornographers in this world, but the shift towards free amateur videos will likely kill their businesses. Holly Randall is one of those in jeopardy. Like her mother, Suze Randall, a model-turned-photographer who became Playboy's first female staff photographer, Holly shoots orgastic ecstasy with the photographic diligence of Annie Leibovitz. Her subjects are bare-chested starlets busting out of leather dresses and silky robes, but they're posed and glamorous -- boudoir for all to see. "Pretty porn is more erotic," Randall tells the camera.
Viewers don't agree -- or are too lazy to discover the high-end nudity that would allow them to agree. According to Hot Girls Wanted, only 3% of porn watchers paid for porn in 2016. Randall's business model relies on subscriptions, purchases, and for-hire jobs from outlets running similar operations. Like all other facets of the media industry, porn will degrade as quality becomes an afterthought and for-free models sway potential consumers.
Jones, Bauer, and Gradus draw a line to an even more paralyzing issue -- if the porn world's artists aren't around to shape the images and protect the models from harmful amateur shoots, a trickle-down effect could poison the next generation of sexually active Americans. Hot Girls Wanted claims that 40% of 14- to 18-year-olds "learned more about sex from porn than in school" -- although, as Gradus notes in a recent interview, porn-watching tends to begin even younger than that, closer to 11 or 12.
Everyone in front and behind the camera agrees the current amount of fetish porn available in an instant should worry those focused on porn and those who aren't. "It's like learning about drugs from the drug dealers," Randall says in the doc.
Erika Lust, an erotic film director based in Barcelona, is combating the uptick in unfashionable porn by chasing a specific audience. With names like Cabaret Desire, Life Love Lust, and Barcelona Sex Project, Lust's films emphasize female pleasure and scenic scenarios. "I want to get women into porn," she says in the episode, adding that the mainstream is "more into punish-fucking women than showing a good sexual encounter."