U.S. director John Cameron Mitchell, who has brought “Shortbus” to Cannes, agrees that young people are increasingly using the Internet to replace real sex.
In Shortbus, he has collected an ensemble of non-professional actors who engage in real on-screen sex and masturbation in an attempt to de-mystify the subject. He does not consider his film to be pornography.
“There are kids who have seen pornography from a very early age, before they are ever gonna have sex,” said Larry Clark, one of the directors of the eccentric “Destricted” — a compilation of explicit sex-centered stories.
In his own short film, Clark interviews young men about their sexual preferences and then allows one candidate to appear with his favorite porn-star.
“When I was a kid noone told me nothing. Now you can go onto the Internet and find out anything … (Young people) are looking at pornography and they are thinking that this is the way to have sex,” Clark said, noting his film was educational.
In a recent discussion amongst several male friends and I, several guys revealed they had found that younger girls (21-25 in 2006) behave like porn stars in bed.
It is not surprising really considering the saturation of porn into contemporary life.