“X-Rated” History Of Porn Doc On Showtime

Now streaming on Showtime Anytime is the fun documentary X-Rated: The Greatest Adult Movies of All Time. The Showtime documentary is produced by AVN founder Paul Fishbein, who gathered tons of former and current porn stars to discuss. The doc examines the influence of porn’s top 32 porn movies including Deep Throat (1972), starring Linda Lovelace, about lady who has a clitoris in her throat.

Pornos (now called “adult films”) including The Devil in Miss Jones (1973), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), Debbie Does Dallas (1978) ushered in the Golden Age of Porn. This was a period from 1969-1984 where the “porno chic” trend went mainstream and porn was shown in movie theaters and drive-ins. The Golden Age ended with home VCR’s.

Porn exploded in 1973 when the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Miller v.s. California re-defined the definition of obscenity. Before the ruling obscene meant “utterly without socially redeeming value” to “lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.” This is also a time when the Mitchell Brothers in San Francisco started cranking out the pornos and opened up one of the country’s first porn movie theaters.

For more porn history, also check out the part 2 sequel, also on Showtime. Nina Hartley, Jessica Drake, and the always opinionated Ron Jeremy all weigh in on the juicy, squishy subject of X-rated movies.

 

 

 

 

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Anka Radakovich is a legendary Sex Columnist, Certified Sexologist, Sex Educator, Screenwriter, and Author of the new book THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, PART 2, Tales from New York to Hollywood. http://www.amazon.com/The-Wild-Girls-Club-Part/dp/0990462129. THE WILD GIRLS CLUB, Part 2 is her third book. Her first two books The Wild Girls Club; Tales from below the Belt, and Sexplorations; Journeys to the Erogenous Frontier were both published by Crown/Random House. She was the Sex Columnist for DETAILS Magazine for 9 years and is currently a Sex Columnist for BRITISH GQ. Her writing has appeared in dozens of magazines including Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Men’s Journal, Seventeen, Glamour, and Maxim. She has appeared on numerous television shows including 8 appearances with Conan O’Brien. She was a Jeopardy question under the category “Men’s Mags.” As a Sex Educator and Sexologist, she is a college lecturer at Universities throughout the country who offers her unique brand of sex education. She lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @ankarad.

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