Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s
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Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s

Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s

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The New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Berger Forum

476 Fifth Avenue

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For many Americans, the emergence of a “porno chic” culture provided an opportunity to embrace the sexual revolution by attending a film like Deep Throat (1972) or leafing through an erotic magazine like Penthouse. By the 1980s, this pornographic moment was beaten back by the rise of Reagan-era political conservatism and feminist anti-pornography sentiment.

Porno Chic and the Sex Wars: American Sexual Representation in the 1970s places pornography at the heart of the 1970s American experience, exploring lesser-known forms of pornography from the decade, such as a new, vibrant gay porn genre; transsexual/female impersonator magazines; and pornography for new users, including women and conservative Christians.

Please join us Tuesday, January 24th at 6PM for an NYPL Scholar Room Talk featuring Porno Chic and the Sex Wars editor, Whitney Strub in conversation with The New York Public Library's Coordinator for Collection Assessment, Humanities and LGBT Collections, Jason Baumann.

Whitney Strub is the author of Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right (Columbia, 2011) and Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression (Kansas, 2013). His work has appeared in several scholarly journals, Salon, Vice, and OutHistory. A former Martin Duberman Visiting Scholar at The New York Public Library, he also won the 2010 Audre Lorde Prize in LGBT history for his article on obscenity law in Cold War Los Angeles. Strub is currently a researcher-in-residence in the NYPL's Frederick Lewis Allen Room.

Jason Baumann develops and promotes literature, philosophy, and religion collections at the NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. He coordinates the Library’s LGBT Initiative, for which he has curated two exhibitions—1969: The Year of Gay Liberation and Why We Fight: Remembering AIDS Activism.

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