New low for humanity: Jaycee Dugard porn

An adult filmmaker plans to shoot the true story of abduction, rape and imprisonment -- but in a classy way

Published November 18, 2009 4:19PM (EST)

Quote of the Day: "We want to capture how sad this story is, but also how interesting. We're trying to figure out a way to do that so it's not exploitative." --Adult filmmaker Shane Ryan on the movie he plans to make about the Jaycee Dugard story.

Now, I suppose it's possible that a film titled Abducted Girl: An American Sex Slave, and made by a guy responsible for films like Warning!!! Pedophile Released and Amateur Porn Star Killer -- not to mention star of such classics as Caged Lesbos A-Go-Go and Vaginal Holocaust (tagline: "Rape, Revenge, Hicks, Vampires and a Man-Eating Vagina!") -- will treat the subject matter with respect and sensitivity. But I'm thinking it's not likely. I'm thinking, in fact, that this is the very definition of "exploitative." And I'm thinking that Shane Ryan might just be the very definition of douchebag. But neither of those words paints the full picture, because what I really think about it is: There are no words.

Dugard family spokesperson Nancy Seltzer had a few, though: "exploitive, hurtful and breathtakingly unkind." I guess that's a start.


By Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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