Why Sex-Positive Movies Like ‘Cam’ Benefit Cinema and Society

/Film | 12/27/2018 | Marisa Mirabal
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“Please. You need to do something. This is my life. This is my job.” Frantic and desperate, Alice begs policemen to track down whomever has stolen her camgirl account and online persona as “Lola”. After slyly expressing “it’s a shame” Alice does not engage in sexual activity with her clients in real-life, the officers tell her “if you don’t want to see stuff like this, then stay off the internet.”

This is just one relatable example of accusatory sex-shaming women, especially sex workers, face on a daily basis. Director Daniel Goldhaber and writer Isa Mazzei further explore the notion of agency and freedom of sexual expression through their sex-positive horror film, Cam. While many genre films utilize sex workers to drive the plot forward by killing them off in the first act, Cam enables audiences to empathize with Alice as she fights to take back her stigmatized, although chosen and loved, profession.

Goldhaber - Mazzei - Themes - Allegory - Thrill-ride

Goldhaber and Mazzei embed societal themes and allegory into a sharp and stylish thrill-ride. Their approach to the sex industry as a favored line of work alongside Alice’s resiliency is a monumental achievement in the cinematic realm of sex-positivity on screen. In contrast to the beloved Vivian in Pretty Woman, Alice does not rely on a man to save her, nor does she feel trapped in her work. Instead, her decisions are yielded by choice, skill, and passion. Despite Alice’s apprehension about her mother discovering her career choice, her mother eventually supports her and even compliments Alice for her elaborate shows and careful engagement. In the past few years, there has been an emergence of films exploring the sex-positive spectrum while providing inclusivity to the LGBTQ community and women of all ages and professions. While Cam is the newest addition to the paradigm, there is still a need for more...
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