Segments in this Video

Prelude: Overview of U.S. Pornography Industry (04:55)


Statistics show the extent of the pornography industry in the United States, the world's leading producer of porn. This segment asks whether porn causes problems or solves them.

Blind Study on Affects of Pornography (03:43)

Developers of a study that will show how extensive exposure to pornography affects single and married men describe how they set up the study and chose the participants.

Pornography: Is It Addictive? (04:59)

The porn study creator interviews experts in the fields of psychology, addictive behavior, cognitive therapy, and porn television. At issue is whether pornography can become addictive and whether the First Amendment protects pornography.

Sex and Pornography Addiction and Symptoms (03:05)

A sexual addict discusses his experiences and behavioral experts list and discuss symptoms of sex and pornography addiction.

Porn Stars on Pornography (04:39)

Ron Jeremy, porn star, disagrees with experts who say pornography is addictive. A former porn star that became a physician discusses today's "no-limits" porn vs. the porn of several decades ago.

Sex Clubs and Brief History of Pornography (04:29)

Pornography study participants share their experiences with sex clubs and the effects of exposure to explicit sex on their personal lives. This animated, tongue-in-cheek segment shows a brief history of pornography from cave dwellers to Internet porn

Porn Stars, Venereal Disease, and Sexual Behavior (04:41)

Female porn stars discuss their experiences in the industry. A sex worker training video warns against sexually transmitted diseases. Participants in the porn study reveal some of the effects of viewing explicit sexual material.

Pornography and Educators (03:50)

The porn study creator attends the AAset conference for sexual educators and sexologists and wonders why one of its sponsors is a porn distributor. A married couple feels the strain of the husband's focus on pornography.

Sexually Oriented Businesses (SOBs) (03:50)

The film host gets a tour of an SOB where sexual toys, lingerie, and private sex shows are available. Several studies link SOBs with increased crime, decreased property value, and urban blight. Porn study subjects sign up for "kinky" sex.

Sex Club Experiences (04:56)

Joshua, a porn study participant, agrees to participate in a sexual encounter with a nude fantasy "guide." Both the single and married participant rated their thoughts and beliefs about sex and relationships after the study was complete.

Government Officials and Pornography (05:48)

The film host attempts to get answers from Senator Brownback and an FBI agent who investigates child pornography. Porn study participants share their belief changes and attitudes towards sex and relationships.

Postlude: Conclusions About Pornography (03:18)

The results of a Cal State study and an older study are compared to the porn study in this film. The host draws several conclusions about what the study revealed, and he asks cogent questions about pornography in society.

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Adult Entertainment: A Psychosocial Study of an American Obsession—Educator's Edition

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Award-winning director Lance Tracy balances serious science with tongue-in-cheek humor to create a documentary scrutinizing the scope and effects of pornography that is informative, compelling, and unsettling. Constructing an experiment to identify attitudinal and behavioral changes that manifest as a result of viewing porn—a study in the manner of the Annenberg School of Communications and California State University studies—Tracy tracks two men, one single and one married, for 60 days. The effects of a 30-day regimen of X-rated DVDs, Internet porn, adult mags, sex shops, and strip clubs, followed by a 30-day readjustment period, are both illuminating and dismaying. Porn addiction, the sex-industrial complex, and porn-related freedom of speech issues are also explored. Commentary by the University of Pennsylvania’s Mary Anne Layden; Judith Reisman, author of “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball; Robert Weiss, of the Sexual Recovery Institute; Michael Castleman, author of Great Sex; and psychologist Daniel Linz is featured. Contains mature themes and explicit language and imagery. Some language may be offensive. Also included are an expurgated audio track and 18 video clips on topics ranging from porn statistics, to the effects of porn on sexual and emotional intimacy, to the influence of porn on children (DVD only). Viewable/printable documents such as the actual 88-question study survey and the survey results for the single subject, the married subject, and his wife are available online. (55 minutes + 24 minutes of bonus material)

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL37311

ISBN: 978-1-4213-6679-1

Copyright date: ©2007

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

“An accomplished film.”—Sundance

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