Erotica: Some High-Priced Ogling

Some High-Priced Ogling

The task seems, except for the most insatiable voyeur, grim: analyzing nearly every Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler ever published--660 anatomically repetitive issues. Even so, the cost seems high: $734,371, or more than $1,100 per issue. And the announced goal is fuzzy: "To lay the foundation for future studies on the possible influence, or lack of influence, of erotica/ pornography, with particular emphasis on issues of child exploitation." The Justice Department has retained Judith Reisman, a communications consultant, to head a staff of 19 researchers on the project. A broader study, involving more magazines, was started more than a year ago at...

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