Time Essay: PORNOGRAPHY REVISITED: WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE

Manhattan newsstands are so crowded with displays of Call Girl, Gay Party, Ball and Desire that it is sometimes the New York Times that is sold under the counter. The situation is similar in many big cities. Detroit newsstands even have dildos and whips for sale, bestselling books vie with each other in sexual explicitness and vulgarity and there are no off limits at all in the theater. Around Times Square, exhibitions of simulated intercourse can be seen afternoons and evenings for $5 and up. Skin flicks and their ilk, which used to...

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