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Was '60s Sexploitation Cinema More Than Just Pornography?

Film history work Lewd Looks argues that sexploitation films provided an underground and important bridge between the end of old Hollywood and the start of something else.

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Soft Core Gaming

What is unique, perhaps, about Scarlet Blade is its extreme consciousness of the medium and how it exploits the medium to create what may be a new kind of pornographic experience. And it does so by acknowledging the player's role in the game as a player, not a mere voyeur.

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The Half-life of Celebrity: 'Dead Stars'

Bruce Wagner’s latest satire on Hollywood desperation is more furious and of-the-moment than ever, but it’s almost too current: time will quickly melt its relevance like an ice cube in the sun.

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Subversive Sexology: A Conversation with Annie Sprinkle

With a pure heart and a heavy dose of body politic rebellion, Annie Sprinkle re-invents ecology in the age of eroticised digital culture.

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Tainted Pasts: Pornography in 'Meet Monica Velour' and 'The Girl Next Door'

Meet Monica Velour and The Girl Next Door demonstrate that mainstream representations of pornography, even in a society in which sex proliferates, are still surprisingly one-sided and inconsistent with counter-narratives offered by industry insiders themselves.

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Hella Nation by Evan Wright

Wright’s gift is his ability to trace a story through time and weave together a piece that is chilling in both subtlety and revelation.

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Licentious Gotham by Donna Dennis

The book is not necessarily a history of erotic publishing as much as the history of erotic publishing’s clash with the law.

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The Porning of America by Carmine Sarracino & Kevin Scott

Fast forward 30 years and find that the behavior and attitudes we associate with pornography have only become more omnipresent since porn’s heyday.

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A Moral Pornographer?

Can pornographic literature impart a lesson in morality? Author Tamara Faith Berger believes it can.


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