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2009, Sexuality  -   134 Comments
Ratings: 6.46/10 from 120 users.

PorndemicPorndemic puts faces and personalities to the extraordinary profitable business of pornography today. Porn has quietly reinvented itself on the world-wide-web, becoming more mainstream and culturally embedded everyday.

After starting with a visit to the old guard, the besieged Larry Flynt in his penthouse perch, Porndemic drops in on a Gen-X new-porn mogul on his multi-million-dollar ranch, and on an upstart one-man operation in the seamy side of town.

The camera searches out a backstreet bondage superstar, some ordinary working girls in Montreal who run an internationally successful webcam site, the king of porn-actress pimps in San "Pornando" Valley, and the millionaire pioneer of the future of porn - virtual on-line sex - in Vancouver.

Porndemic examines an "epidemic" of porn addiction, including teenage cell-phone users, and an oil executive from western Canada who belongs to the fastest growing substance-abuse community in the world: Sex Addicts Anonymous. Porndemic also speaks to law-and-order experts who think that obscenity on the internet is out of control and beyond the law, and to the blandly confident businessmen who are the new face of corporate, mainstream porn.

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6 years ago

For those of you (I'm assuming to be overly testosterone-driven boys) posting on here saying it's ridiculous: Obviously you didn't get the point of the film... perhaps you just watched it because it had the word porn in the title hmmm? Its made in an effort to help people who have a (now) scientifically legit problem. It can act like any other drug to people with addictive tendencies.

And it's not about "marrying the wrong one". The infinite mass of porn out there allows one to have a plethora of fantasized fulfilled at the click of a button.

Helen Demkey
7 years ago

This documentary is hard to stomach. Porn is all about making money & marketing sex. I prefer to not be a part of reckless and damaging sexual behavior. I watched part of this doc out of curiosity about the pornademic. So ugly are humans when we don't treasure ourselves or others. Porn is gross, damaging and superficial. My opinion.

natalia marcondes
10 years ago


I just want an honest opinion of people here with porn and how it is now in the point of view thing now. If a married man watched porn and released himself with it or got arroused would that mean he commited adultry since it is litterally having sex but your not having sex with your wife your having sex with the girl who turned you on in the video and even tho there is no pennetration however you still were able to ejaculate by the video alone. So is it adultry since adultry is basically having relations with another person...people even say that if a married man has a online relationship it is adultry....but its not in person same with porn its not in person but you have pleasure and a release the same release you have if it was with your partner....someone please answer me.

Ross Tandem
10 years ago

Exclusive users of Porn experience NO STDS! :) No child-support payments, no unwanted pregnancies, no paternity fraud, no false rape charges, no divorce, no alimony....these are ALL BONUSES in my books! :) Bless the makers of EROTIC IMAGERY! :D

10 years ago

online porn is dangerous indeed. It tricks our brain into thinking we actually had sex and gives us almost the same satisfaction. If men get addicted to porn then they won't go out, meet women and make babies anymore. In the end humanity faces extinction, all that because of porn !! But I don't care, I love it.

10 years ago

i wonder what pornostars going to do once they passed 40

abhigyan chatterjee
11 years ago

I liked the sexual intimacy in future at the latter part of the documentary. The problems faced by individuals are purely based on character. Drinking doesn't make me an addict while it might make you one.

11 years ago

porn is disgusting. sex is disgusting. of course for males life is all about sex because that is essentially the purpose of male life- to reproduce his XY. filthy bugs males are. porn is degrading, ugly, and forces female submission to the filthy, debasing fantasies of males

cian morris
11 years ago

it's all just the ego seeking it's temporary pleasure.
It's not a wrong or a right but simply a thing that exists because most of us blindly serve our ego addictions trying to be happy.Consciousness is the way forward :)

11 years ago

@julian "lets drink and be merry for tommorrow we die"...yes you do.

11 years ago

Wow, this sure turned into a male vs female war according to some comments I read. I'm not going to get into that, nor into what's holy or evil.

What I do think though: if anyone uses a little porn to spice up their sex life, it doesn't hurt anybody. But when porn is used to fill a void, either in a marriage or in a single's life, that, to me is when it becomes unhealthy. And having so much of it, so readily available can put unhealthy expectations in people's head. Whether it being men or women.

11 years ago

Male addiction to sex has not changed. Men have always needed sex, we didn't grow balls last decade. The reason society is freaking out is that through sex it controls men, chaining them to slavish marriages and jobs. Porn, by providing artificial sexual release, reduces that control and thus the control society has over men. Just imagine how much society will freak when realistic sex-bots start rolling off the assembly lines.

11 years ago

who the hell cares

11 years ago

if you ban porn it will just go underground- you cant pass a law and stop porn- the only way to make this addiction to porn go away is not to make the person feel ashamed of porn- but educate the children and adults the negative affects it has on society and change the enviroment in which we all live-porn is not evil- people are not evil- women are not evil-porn is the result of a society that does not work today- society is to blame for this- not people.

11 years ago

That's what happens when women desert their home duties and don't save sexuality for marriage. Today's women are a trap for men . They don't help men anymore. They destroy them and destroy themselves as well.
Female artificial 'power' is entirely based on body and sex. That's the only power females have upon men and they use it to rule over emasculated men.
Men who seek porn have the illusion to gain power again because sex is the only natural power left to men when all the others (authority ,fatherhood , leadership ,providing..) are so unfairly taken away from them.
Vicious circle. Malicious strategy . Foolish war between the sexes waged by foolish misandric women .
Epidemic porn just shows to which evil extent society can go when it is psychologically ruled by women. Women don't like sexual stability .They love cheating ,changing partners and destroying marriage. Women are lechery's best friends and whenever they have the opportunity to spread it (when morality blows down ) ,they do it and speed the decaying process . History has already shown it. Same curse always repeating itself. Isaih 3:12 curse.

11 years ago

Very informative and inspires me to get more involved in the porn business again

11 years ago

As long as porn is easy to obtain, and big profits are to be made from it, it will always remain. It's been around since the beginning of time (even in cave paintings) just like all of our other vices.
It is the nature of man to battle between the physical pleasures of our material life, and the spiritual world within us all.
Sadly, some do not see the harm in endorseing their vices, however, it does lead others to neglect their inner spiritual side, therefore harmfull to others.
I do not endorse any of my vices (yes I'm human), but I do try to never harm others by influencing them in negative or material ways.
But that's the choice I make, and I can only hope to be a good example to others so that they may pass it on.
Each of us has to make our own choices. It's called free will.
It's a crazy and harmful world we live in. Gaurd yourself, and hurt no one.

11 years ago

I almost forgot. I recently read the Hunger Games series, and found it was excruciatingly violent and disturbing, no matter how well written. This is the kind of book kids are allowed to read. If this series had a sex scene, it would instantly be brandished as 'unfit' for children. Why is it that so many people hold violence in a safer, better regard than sex? Sex is about recreation, and life-giving, violence is pain, suffering, pride and hate. Why don't we start bitching about how we're totally cool with going to war and killing thousands of civilians. And then calling it 'necessary' and 'heroic'.

11 years ago

I have no intention of watching this, it seems really stupid and up-in-your-face greater and more moral than thou bull. Just thought I might opine senselessly to good christians. That's all, good day.

11 years ago

sex is between man & woman in marriage and having kids... can you put a real bullet in a water gun and shoot it? NO unless tou alter it, but your kids will get it someday and kill themselves with it. can you start a car with the wrong key? NO. unless you alter it, but your kids will get in it someday and CRASH! THATS WHY PORN IS WRONG.

11 years ago

I was a bit iffy when my boyfriend mentioned he watched porn a few times a month, until he told me that most men who watch it, or him at least replace the woman's face with the face of their girlfriend or whatever.

11 years ago

It really bothers me that they make it look like that if you're in a relationship/marrige you should not watch porn. For me that's really absurd, I mean, I'm in a relationship and I frequently watch porn, so does my boyfriend,and I'm aware of it. It really doesn't bother me at all, it does not affect our sex life either, and why should it? They're two completly different things, like they say in the documentary, porn doesn't touch the heart. That's very true, it's not supposed to either. When you jack off to porn it's simply physical pleasure, and what's wrong with that? It feels good and makes you happy. When you have sex with someone you love it's completly different, then it's about feeling as well. Also that therapist program just seem like a load of bullshit, I mean, turn to god? Really? Can't we just accept the fact that humans are horny creatures and stop being ashamed of our sexuality. If this guy wouldn't be ashamed of himself and his wife would accept that he watches porn (and watch some herself), they probably wouldn't even have a problem with their marrige.

But I didn't think this documentary was all bad, I mean, we must see the dark sides of porn as well. Women (and men) getting abused, when children are involved and used sexually etc.. But then I mean when children are the ones having sex against their will with adults, not that they're watching it. Of course it can be a problem if that's how they learn about sex, but then it's up to all the school's in the world to teach them about it, and tell them that porn is not reality. That's what my teacher said to us, and really that's the best way in my opinion. Cause telling kids to stop watching porn is just dumb, since they won't listen. Also, instead of trying to prevent that kids have sex/watch porn earlier we should just educate about it instead, so they know how to protect themselves. Saying this as a kid/teen myself (15 years old) I know that adults can't tell you not to have sex/watch porn cause you're simply to horny and curious, or to human you could also say.

11 years ago

I think this is just a bunch of fear mongering

Choom Gang
11 years ago

All the sex addict councilors are female in this doc. Yet the doc did not define what sex addiction is. It's clear, men like porn more than women.
Men are capable of fathering thousands of children, women can have only a few. The majority of women think long term, so are more selective. Most men think in short term solutions. For modern humans, sex is the ultimate compromise.

Religion, farming, and marriage are relatively new in our evolution. Hunting, gathering, and murder has been the norm in the long arc of our evolution, resulting in polygamy being the norm.

Once we were the hunted, now we are the masters with no predators but ourselves, and religion, porn, and farming has caused an out of control population, like a cancer on the earth. Will the cancer cause the patient to die?

One thing is certain, if we don't learn how to live in harmony with nature, we may all die.

11 years ago

I watched this some time ago and found it interesting. Some of the content is a bit much.

11 years ago

"Yield to a higher power." I love that about 12 step programs all but I LOVE it about sex "addiction." "Sex addiction" is a farce. It's something born of Puritanical belief and a propensity for self-hatred. There IS a dark side to porn, don't get me wrong. There's also a dark side to corporate America and a dark side to math (imaginary numbers, really, math?). That doesn't make the whole thing dark. Sex is a healthy, natural part of humanity. Some could argue that sex IS humanity. As for the worry that kids get their first lesson of sex through adult material, yeah, that's called sexual awakening.

11 years ago

You all need to grow up its not like people were putting a gun to your head
and say watch this no! pornography has been around for a very long time
I personally think it's an art that most people cannot appreciate and I hate
to break it to all of you we are all animals in a sense we all have a primal
urge to have sex with either the opposite sex or the same sex depending on your
preference there is a lot more dangerous things in society besides pornography
such as the bigotry or not being able to accept another persons beliefs or convictions
for pushing those beliefs on somebody that didn't want them in the first place
yeah I would probably not be too happy if I had a daughter and she was in the porn industry
but it would be her choice just as well as it is everybody's choice to like what they like
and be an individual what is really ruining our world is the lack of respect
and the wars and poverty and people thinking they are better than you
and the disregard of human rights because we all have in alienable human rights
life loved and liberty and the pursuit of happiness and that should be the motto
for all of us so we can truly grow as a society and a world
down with tyranny and oppression and ignorance
because knowledge is power and the more you know the more you grow

11 years ago

Marriage is better than adultery in order to live a happy life away from the deadly diseases that arise from the sexual relationships of various illegal

Mateusz Pawluczuk
11 years ago


11 years ago

I hate these one-sided documentaries.

11 years ago

A perfectly good opportunitty to understand many different things about the porn industry was wasted with this piece. I cant say there was anything in this i didnt already know.

11 years ago

I am sorry but whoever works for the porn industry is sick. I mean sex should be private relationship not something to be exposed for everybody to watch. Beside, these sick people are treating women like slaves. They are taking advantage of their bodies to make money. I mean what is the different between human sexual behavior and animal sexual behavior. If sex is not private then there is no different. I believe porn is the greatest threat for the human society.

11 years ago

it is difficult , legal system has done nothing , not even on those things on which it has control, provocative ads, tv shows, who show sex and vulgar things in name of comedy(two and half men)sex and the city, axe deo ads, these provoke kids, teens, and when they become sexually frustrated, wt do they do, they run to easily available porn jst a click away, even if they want to keep away from it , normal mainstream television , movies also show the sex, u stop this first,.....

11 years ago

ok there are many problems with this sex-negative documentary.

1.The "porn" referenced shows only women and shows them as purely exploited victims. Many women in the industry chose porn and see it as empowering. The woman in the documentary during the bondage scene enjoys DSM, yet she was portrayed as confused and exploited, although she consented to the act.

2. None of the porn scenes features men!!! SO, only suggestive images of women are the probleM??? This implies that women's sexuality is taboo and immoral.

3. This documentary portrays the consumption of porn as purely male. It fails to recognize that straight women watch porn, as do gay men and women and couples. This is so very heterosexist.

4. The porn industry is depicted as being run by greedy, sleazy men. The documentary fails to take into account the women involved as entrepreneurs and executives in the industry.

5. Porn is presented as purely negative and leads the "sex Addiction." Sex is stigmatized and pleasure outside of marriage is unacceptable.

**SEX IS GOOD! The use of porn is a healthy way for adults to access sexuality. Repressing your sexual core and blaming your want of pleasure on"sex addiction" is dangerous to individuals and society.

Rocky Racoon
11 years ago

It isn't the legalization of porn drugs or anything that perverts it it is the commercialization of the product if we could legalize drugs but keep the commercialization out of it we would solve allot of problems.
The commercials sell the desire....with usually unrealistic presentaton of product...alcohol swedish bikini models drop down from the sky.....smoke cigarettees you are a cowboy on a horse on the open range...blah blah blah.

12 years ago

Ah, this is where everybody is, in porn where else.

His Forever
12 years ago

How can "Sexual Addicts Anonymous" be the fastest growing "substance abuse community" in the world? Porn mainliners?!? What is virtual on-line sex? Sounds like you can catch a nasty computer virus that way! I think I'll skip this one.

12 years ago

this was some american propaganda shit

12 years ago

I don't know what's the big deal... in moderation things like porn can actually save marriages and prolong relationships. It's only when it becomes an addiction or harms/violates human dignity/rights that it's very destructive. I for one watch porn to learn new tricks or be entertained. It can sometimes be hilarious, especially those based on Hollywood movies like "Lord of the G-Strings" or "Playmate of the Apes". LOL Good times. Anyways I agree with many of the previous posts, censorship isn't the way to go. At least not for porn that has scenes between consenting adults. Now for porn like child pornography, rape, or anything that violates human rights and safety those ought to be cracked down, banned and have the perpetrators arrested for distributing or owning such trash.

12 years ago

Nothing wrong with 'porn' or sexuality. Where it goes to far and MUST be policed is Child porn, Rape, Violence ... Also they need to mandate ALL porn to the .xxx domain so that Web Browsers can BLOCK this domain for say your 8 year old daughter's computer. Common sense type stuff.

But, to be afraid anything outside the obvious BAD stuff is just human nature.

Alicia Phillips
12 years ago

This is ridiculous. People are exploring their sexuality and doing what they want. It's not your business! Leave them alone!

12 years ago

This was super bias. A much better documentary is called "American Porn" by Frontline.

12 years ago

Well red, I think we are using technology to get off. And if your partner prefers it to sex, try to use your imagination a little.

12 years ago

I don't think this documentary is suggesting that porn should stop. It seems to suggest that porn should be regulated to some degree but more importantly its asking those who use porn to critically look at the activity, question what it is they are really doing and how that relates to their thinking, feeling and relationships in general. I don't see anything wrong with that.

12 years ago

The only problem I have with porn is the fact that my partner prefers it to sex. I could do it every day. He's content to 'shut me up' once every 7 to 14 days. Depressing.

And yes, I look at porn too.

12 years ago

I think one of the reasons why no one really tries to stop porn is because those that try to even secretly watch porn- Im sure- if not perhaps they neced to see a psychologist for not having an interest in such a natural phenomenon- sex!
Plus, porn has many positive aspects to it, ie there is less rape victim reports, population growth control (with all that sperm wasted), a new job market for both actors and producers, I never even thought about the future cutting edge ideas that are in the works- listen prudes- as long as no one is actually getting hurt, no one is getting killed nor pressured into it (thats what im really against, real rape and kiddie porn), I think porn is one of the most mind-blowing (pun intended) phenomenons of the internet. And I think its also an interest that eventually you will learn to control with yourself over time. (or your body will stop for you anyway)
And why not become conaisseurs? Restriction doesnt make the urge go away.. only stronger!

A. T. Heist
13 years ago

@ Winston

LMAO...ur f@#$%&' funny. But anyway, I think when we guys get more BJ's we have less urge to rub one loose.

Are their any guys in agreement?

Winston Smith
13 years ago

There's porn on the internet?

13 years ago

i'm with mandi on this one, and of course max and eyepopping ^ u go guys..and girl 'p

13 years ago

I'm a feminist who also happens to love porn. I know that there are many women who are victimized to make porn (as well as some men) but stopping porn won't solve that problem. The only thing that will solve that problem is for all of us to consider men and women as equals, both deserving of respect and freedom. Media can help with that but it's by discouraging the depiction of women as objects not censorship.