HUSTLER V FALWELL
When Larry Flint’s pioneering magazine of crude humour and nude women decided to print a parody of a Campari ad featuring fundamentalist minister Jerry Falwell in an incestuous role with his mother, Falwell sued. A disclaimer at the bottom of the page said, ‘Ad parody, not to be taken seriously’, but although Falwell lost his libel claim he did win $200,000 for’emotional distress’. In 1988, the Supreme Court reversed the verdict as the First and 14th Amendments prohibit public figures from receiving damages for emotional distress based on satire.
‘Nothing is obscene providing it is done in bad taste.’ Russ Meyer
The now lost Damaged Goods (US 1914, UK 1919) was made as a sex education film. On re-release, in 1915, it was a box office smash. It was unrated, but its sensational content about a soldier who catches an STD from a prostitute proved as entertaining as it was instructive.
Midnight Cowboy (1969) is the first and only X-rated film to receive the Oscar for Best Film. 4* In the award-winning and Academy-nominated Last Tango in Paris (1973), director Bernardo Bertolucci’s fantasies about sex with a stranger formed the basis of his film, which was banned by the Church, while an anal sex scene saw the director and leading cast members arrested. Marlon Brando’s unplanned scene caused a scandal in Italy and was as much of a surprise to his leading lady Maria Schneider. 4* Along with fellow nominee A Clockwork Orange (1971), all three X-rated films were later re-released as ‘R’ – not the X rating’s original role. 4* Russ Meyer’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls was contracted as an R-rated sequel, but the finished product earned its X after some major changes.
Until the 1960s, masturbation was considered a sin by many experts, including doctors, educators and members of the Church. It is now accepted that masturbation does not cause blindness, madness, STDs, sterility or pregnancy, and is widely recognized as something most men and women do which may or may not be why there are so many different terms for it, including:
Airing the orchid 4 fishing for the mackerel 4 sanding the banister 4 jacking
off 4 jerking off 4 whacking off 4 shooting off 4 friggin’your riggin’
4 pulling your pud 4 bashing the bishop 4 firing your peter 4 milking the
mouse 4 whipping your turkey 4 charming the snake 4 making the rooster
crow 4 peeling the banana 4 juicing the plum 4 tootling your flute 4 bopping
the baloney 4 milking your doodle 4 playing pocket pool 4 spanking Elvis
Commonly used accessories, not all of them advisable, include vacuum cleaner attachments, dolls, vibrators, lubricants and pornography ❖ Methods include the rubdown, waterfall, old reliable, not quite so reliable, belly-scratch, squeeze, autofellation and autocunnilingus ❖ Jack clubs are men-only places, where just manual contact is permitted, often in temporary settings ❖ Jack and Jill events tend to be one-off parties or benefits ❖ Australian research shows masturbating regularly prevents prostate cancer in men ❖ The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation ♦> Masturbilia are items to remind someone of the person or thing they are fantasizing about during masturbation.
‘If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.’