The girls of San Fernando Valley, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, are often nicknamed ‘valley girls.’ They are the girls that often say “like” as every third word and are reminiscent of Cher in the 90s classic Clueless. However, these ‘valley girls’ are not the only girls in the Valley. There are the ‘valley girls’ that are featured on websites that require your birthday be on or before this day in 1993. These ‘valley girls’ are the porn stars of America.
The goal of my paper is to analyze why San Fernando Valley, California is the hub of the pornography industry in the United States. Many of these girls, the ones that go on to become porn stars, have the dream of becoming ‘something.’ In order to try and get noticed they head out west to Los Angeles, one of the largest creative cities in the United States, hoping to be in the right place at the time. However, upon their arrival, they realize it isn’t as easy as they had hoped. Many girls turn to pornography as a way to pay their rent and make a living. For some it is a one-time deal, and for others it becomes a career.
Because of its proximity to Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley has become the city responsible for the creative industry of pornography. Because so many people seek fame and wind up unsuccessful but looking for work, there is an endless stream of ‘employees.’ Not only does Los Angeles bring employees, but also the suburban location of San Fernando allows for pornographic films to happen and remain unnoticed. They are tucked away in rental houses undisturbed and discreet.
San Fernando Valley, California to some is just a suburban neighborhood they call home, but to others it is the center of a multimillion dollar industry, that continues to flourish.