Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals

Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals

Ovidie | 
France |
 2017 | 
77 minutes


The dirtiest thing in director Ovidie’s investigation of the global porn business, is not the sex, but the money.

The numbers are staggering. When German porn emperor Fabian Thylmann took over Pornhub, he stated that it brought in 16 million users per day. With more than 450 million people using the site per month, the profits swelled to $40 million per month. At the height of his empire, Thylmann owned some 35 different companies.

Much of the profit generated by “tube sites” comes from the poverty- level wages paid to an amateur workforce. For video sites like My Dirty Hobby in Germany, 78 percent of the profit goes to the company, and the actual performers collect the remainder, upon which they must pay taxes. Economically depressed nations like Romania, Columbia, and increasingly China provide the majority of performers. This corporate machine is built on the backs of young women, who are asked to participate in more extreme acts. Performers often take drugs that are designed for women in childbirth in order to accommodate the physical demands of the job.

It got even nastier when a political campaign in California encouraged voters to repeal Measure B, a law that would require mandatory use of condoms for all vaginal and anal sex scenes in pornographic films. The threat was that it would drive away jobs. When Thylmann was arrested for tax evasion, a Canadian company took over. Stories of blackmail and intimidation of any performer who spoke out about new the parent company began to spread. As the filmmaker states: “The bigger they become, the more they can get away with ... with a little bit of cynicism and lot of lube.” -DW

Justice Forum Panelist

Marina Adshade

Economist Marina Adshade’s theories on the interplay of market forces in the matters of love and libido have brought her attention from around the globe. She is the author of The Love Market and Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love. She teaches at UBC's Vancouver School of Economics and the SFU School of Policy Studies. Using engaging research and economic analysis, and no small dose of humour, Adshade unlocks the mysteries behind our actions, thoughts and preferences regarding sexual relationships, gender, love and power.

Justice Forum Panelist


Redrobin is a Vancouver based international sex educator, Vice President of Metro Vancouver Kink, and identifies as a queer, genderfluid, sex positive, polyamorous switch. She has previously worked 3 years as a circuit stripper travelling and working within British Columbia, then worked 3 years as a Vancouver Pro Domme. Her background in nursing has fueled her passion for the human body and mind, and she continues to teach and advocate for sex education, equal rights for women and the LGBTQ community and sex positive culture.