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Beginning to See the LightSex, Hope, and Rock-and-Roll$
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Ellen Willis

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680788

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.001.0001

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Hard to Swallow: Deep Throat

Hard to Swallow: Deep Throat

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(p.68) Hard to Swallow: Deep Throat
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Beginning to See the Light
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Ellen Willis

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680788.003.0008

This chapter presents the author’s reflections about the porn film Deep Throat. Throat was the first porn movie to become a cultural event. Besides being a huge money-maker, it was widely acclaimed as an artistic triumph. The film played at “legitimate” movie theaters across the US, and in New York, the Post reported that lots of women were going to see it, with other women —an unprecedented phenomenon. However, the author claims that films like Throat fail to achieve their main purpose, which is to turn her on. In fact, she finds them a sexual depressant, partly because they are so unimaginative, partly because they objectify women’s bodies and pay little attention to men’s, but mostly because they deliberately and perversely destroy any semblance of an atmosphere in which her sexual fantasies could flourish.

Keywords:   pornography, X-rated films, Deep Throat, porn films, sexual fantasies

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