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History of Porn in the U.S. Stag films (1920s – 1950s) shot in 8mm and 16mm film stock // “Classic” exploitation films 1950s – the collapse of the Hollywood studio system Nudie cuties (late 1950s to early ‘60s) Sexploitation (early 1960s) 16mm/35mm.

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History of porn in the u s

History of Porn in the U.S.

Stag films (1920s – 1950s) shot in 8mm and 16mm film stock // “Classic” exploitation films

1950s – the collapse of the Hollywood studio system

Nudie cuties (late 1950s to early ‘60s)

Sexploitation (early 1960s) 16mm/35mm


History of porn in the u s

By 1967: “eager beaver” films at Pussy Cat, Roxy, Peerless, Gay Paree theaters

Deep Throat (1972)

1974: 50% of AFAA (Adult Films Association of America) was making hardcore films

1970s: the golden age of feature length porn narratives

Late 1970s - 1980s: Feminist anti-porn movement


History of porn in the u s

1980s: video replaces film as the dominant media format for porn (why?)

1984: Candida Royalle founded Femme Productions; On Our Backs published by Debi Sundahl and Myrna Elana

1980s-1990s home video market, closing of porn theaters

1990s – present: internet porn, explosion of different formats, genre, production, etc. Increased importance of “amateur” porn.


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