A Big Hat Tip to Moms in Porn

So Rashida Jones made a documentary about young women who perform in amateur porn called Hot Girls Wanted and was talking about it at Sundance, like you do when you're a serious filmmaker making films on film and everything. You can see the interview she did with some Rent-a-Kathy-Lee-in-'98 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1422579428&x-yt-cl=85114404&v=ZoCSumvvZtM#t=256

What is great about this interview is that Jones gave us an example of precisely the kind of side-eye we should give to such a dull, reductive narrative about young women in porn. Take it away Rashida:

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There is a lot to hate about this discussion about young adult women choosing to earn money from porn. Jones calling these women "kids" is one of them.  Her claim that, "They’re not considering the real costs” is also a pretty rich moment, literally, because Jones is a woman raised in extraordinary privilege whose father has an estimated net work of 310 million dollars that probably made it less likely that she ever had to consider the costs and benefits of doing sex work. Wealth-shaming, I did it.

But the moment that really kills me is when the host talks about the implications of there being a public record of these women in porn. When the creators said that this was less of an issue to a younger generation, she replies, "They may be mothers some days and they’ll care then!” You know, because women should make all of their financial, moral, social, and ethical decisions with an eye to their hypothetical future babies. These imaginary babies might be upset that there mother was not, indeed, an angelic hen-lady-in-waiting anticipating their arrival over Bible studies and baking for her entire life and actually had to make rent. Mom was fuuuuuucking, sometimes for moooooooney. If your kids ever pull some shaming shit over that, THROW EM OUT.

The truth is, being a parent is a remarkably common reason that women do go into various forms of sex work. Because mothers often care more about providing for their children with food and shelter than providing them with comforting narratives of their mom's impeccable moral hygiene. There are plenty of mothers out there making their living in porn and this bitch perpetuating the narrative that this ought to be  a source of shame is making it worse for the families that might eventually have to grapple with these issues. So shut the fuck up about MOMS.

Also, Rashida, you seem really cool and nice. But you gotta get your story straight on your feminism. You say things like this:

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And it's all just a jumbled mess of "I'm a feminist...I respect your decisions....except if you make whore decisions....something something...pasties...men." You can't just use feminism magnetic poetry to come up with statements for the press, eventually it will make even less sense.