Romance Porn Lures More Women, With Loss of Shame

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Erotic filmmaker Nica Noelle

"They wanted to take the company to a new level and they needed a woman in charge," she said. "I decided it might be an opportunity to do something new with porn. I didn't think it would go anywhere and it might get me a book deal.

"The only porn I had ever watched was passionless and no one could understand why these people were having sex -- they looked so indifferent," she said. "The only time they looked passionate was when women were being severely abused."

So she decided to use the camera to show more body language and intimacy. But her ideas had much resistance from old-school porn film makers who told her it "wouldn't work."

Subsequently, her niche companies -- Hard Candy Films for straight men and women; Rock Candy Films for gay men; Girl Candy Films for lesbians; and TransRomantic Films for transsexual performers -- have proved them wrong.

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Critics like filmmakers Ronna Gradus and Jill Bauer ["Sexy Baby," 2012] say a new generation of pre-teens is being lured into the ubiquitous world of pornography through their smart phones and social media. They say children are getting a skewed version of sex education online.

"Porn isn't video anymore, it's on the Internet," Bauer, a former feature writer, recently told ABCNews.com. "It's one or two quick mouse taps away. And it's very different porn than it used to be. It's really, really angry and not for a woman's pleasure."

Noelle, who is the mother of a 14-year-old son, agrees that porn can be "damaging" for children. Her son is aware of her profession, but is not allowed to view her work.

"He's not old enough," she said. "But if he secretly is seeking out something on the Internet ... I am comfortable with that. It's a mistake to behave as if he were doing something to be ashamed of."

Noelle argues that since the beginning of time, children have sought out sexy material.

"I was looking at dirty magazines under my parents' bed," she said. "It's a natural childhood curiosity that begins early."

She said she is more "appalled" by the violence on prime time television.

"I don't think learning about sex and seeing naked bodies is inherently harmful," Noelle said. "We have created a society where sex is so unnatural and the shame starts so early. But we say we can watch someone get decapitated and that's OK."

"I feel like Alice in Wonderland at the Mad Hatter party," she said. "We have it completely backwards."

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