Porn Goes Mainstream

Real movies are using adult-film stars, while adult films market themselves like real movies. How did pornography become acceptable?

Even among hard-core pornographers, Rob Black is considered a sleazebag. His movies are packed with images that the porn industry itself has long censored (rape, drug use, hitting women with dead fish), and he gleefully rebels against the industry's recent agreement to have its stars use condoms. At last month's Video Software Dealers Association convention, held in 115[degree] Las Vegas heat, Black, 25, stands in a black suit with a black sweater, his face multipierced and satanically goateed. His mother, a plump, pleasant-looking nurse from Rochester, N.Y., bursts into the curtained-off adult section of the convention floor toting her favorite actor,...

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