Smut: A Sex Industry Insider (and Concerned Father) Says Enough is Enough

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Sentinel, 2005 - Social Science - 208 pages
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Smut has become the new secondhand smoke: It confronts you against your will where you least want to encounter it, and its impossible to protect your children from it. Nothing made this clearer than the Janet Jackson episode during the Super Bowl when millions of kids were exposed to an image that used to be restricted to consenting adults. But thats nothing compared with the sexuality that now saturates morning radio shows, prime-time sitcoms, pop music lyrics, billboards, and store windows. Just change the channel doesnt work anymore.

Enough, says "Penthouse" and "Maxim" writer Gil Reavill, the concerned father of a middle school daughter. As a liberal, Reavill always believed that Americans have a First Amendment right to read and view sexually explicit material, and he saw nothing wrong with contributing to publications like "Screw," But he now argues that unlike magazines and videosviewed in private and by consentsmut in the public square has simply gone too far.

Reavill takes the reader inside the sex entertainment industry, recalling his own experiences as a young man from the Midwest seduced by a job at an X-rated magazine in New York City. With witty and fascinating stories, he shows how his colleagues rebelled against a stifling culture by pushing the envelope. Little did they realize that words and images considered porn in the 1980s are now on the public airwaves around the clock.

Many Americans instinctively defend smut because censorship strikes them as unacceptable. But Reavill argues that we have to balance the rights of those who want to buy smut with the rights of those who want to avoid it. His book will spark a long- overdue debate about where we draw thelines in pop culture.

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SMUT: A Sex Industry Insider (and Concerned Father) Says Enough Is Enough

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The author waves a yellow flag of warning at smut's bullying ubiquity in American popular culture, from the compromised position of being a cog in its wheel.Porn is as it ever was, writes Reavill, the ... Read full review

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Reavill says that he wrote this book because the ways that we can access smut have multiplied "staggeringly, exponentially, absurdly." People who don't like it are "getting it shoved in their faces ... Read full review


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Gil Reavill is the coauthor of Raising Our Athletic Daughters: How Sports Can Build Self-Esteem and Save GirlsĀ' Lives. He writes about true crime for Maxim and has a cultural review column in Penthouse.

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