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Girl Next Door, The (1999)
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by Dust For Eyes

"More porn, less fun."
3 stars

I don't know what confounds me more. The fact that a dismembered naked woman is used as an advertising attention grabber. Or the fact that this dismembered naked woman has had her nipples airbrushed out. Just what the hell are we doing with the public image of the female body?

Jar Jar had a room on the other side of the ship. It was a long walk, taken slowly, but Qui-Gon chose not to take the time to consider what he was doing. Cold seeped through his shoes, so Qui-Gon concentrated on that. It was soothing. Mindless.

The door opened automatically, to reveal Jar Jar leaning by the window, his chin propped on his elbows as he stared wistfully at the passing stars. "Wesa berry far from home."

"You will return." Qui-Gon took slow steps to stand behind the Gungan, and placed a hand on his shoulder.

Jar Jar turned his head to meet Qui-Gon's gaze, the soft leather of his ear brushing over the Jedi's hand. His eyes were sad. "Mesa not know if Otoh Gunga still be dare."

"We'll do everything we can."

"Mesa know dat." A tiny smile turned the corner of his lip. "Maxibig is da Force."

Qui-Gon smiled, too. "Maxibig."

Jar Jar turned properly to face him, leaning casually against the transparisteel and blinking curiously. "Yousa allus eyen my funny."

Qui-Gon wet his lips, unaccustomed to the nervous flutter that teased in his stomach. "Do I?"

Moments slid by, and Qui-Gon's hand was reaching of its own accord, tracing the ridge where Jar Jar's throat was palest, following it up to nudge his chin so that he could press a kiss to the skin of his neck. Both hands slid up still further to cup his cheeks, bringing him down now to press kisses along those thick lips. So strange, to kiss someone taller. To kiss someone else . . .*

Why airbrush the nipples away? Because it might offend? And the dismembered naked bit won't? I realise it's just a play on the phrase of, "Getting yourself back together," but why make her female? Why naked? Why have the hips part of her body positioned so we can literally see a sweet piece of ass - on display like in a butcher shop?

We have such a screwed up public image of the female body that I'm surprised we don't have mental institutions filling up with low self-esteemers checking in with anorexia nervosa. Oh hang on, we do.

Film pornography doesn't help this image.

The Girl Next Door is a year in the life of Stacy Valentine. A fairy tale rags to bitches story of a girl from Alabama making it big in an industry where having things that are unfeasibly big matters the most.

Like The Annabel Chong Story it details a woman with more than her fair share of problematic issues. Whilst Chong got into the industry perhaps to confront these issues, Valentine is more in it because of them - mainly in the form of an abusive husband. Chong was seriously screwed up (more than clearly shown when you see her cut into her own forearm with a knife) whilst Valentine somehow still manages to maintain some of that Alabama upbringing. Only just, but it is there.

Stacy doesn't like it how the inside of her thighs are touching each other. Considering how much time they spend apart while working, you'd think Stacy would appreciate feeling them touching, but no she doesn't. So we get to witness the liposuction to get rid of the fat - as well as in her stomach. We also get to see her lips fattened, and her breast implants replaced. That'll turn you off your popcorn - You don't leave witnessing that feeling too well.

Whereas erotic fiction (like the excerpt above) seems to be a forum for women to have a strong positive sense of their sexuality, the good ole porn film industry is keeping to the good ole tradition of a rampant misogyny and exploitation. When asked about porn film's fixation of ejaculating on women's faces (once described as akin to being sneezed on) one filming assistant retorted, "Because the bitches deserve it." There's no thought that, strange as it may seem, but some women actually like it, it's plain and simply an act of degradation.

It's not all Women As Victims though. The women get paid more than the men get (a sore point for the male stars), and some fans (male and female) seem to have a genuine affection for the stars. Although one female fan detailing how she got her first porn video (a Stacy Valentine one) from her dad just creeped me out completely.

* The rest of this story - written by a friend of mine can be found here: http://www.zip.com.au/~emu/sweetaste.html , but I wouldn't open it at work if I were you. Send her an email, tell her what you thought of it.

Following Annabel Chong, we see a few more things in The Girl Next Door - like the liposuction. We are reminded once again what it's like in the porn film industry. A place mostly run by men for men and so a forum of mistreatment and manipulation - just like advertising

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originally posted: 04/11/01 08:31:29
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9/30/08 Shaun Wallner Great story! 5 stars
8/13/04 James ford O M G what an ace film and Elisha Cuthbert is so hot 5 stars
3/19/04 Nicole hey you guys im gonna be a famous actress.. youll see .. lmao 1 stars
3/12/04 Desperado Great, funny and Elisha Cuthbert is the hottest thing on the planet 5 stars
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  14-Apr-2000 (R)


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Directed by
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Written by
  Mel Frohman

  Stacy Valentine

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