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Smutty Little MoviesThe Creation and Regulation of Adult Video$
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Peter Alilunas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291706

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291706.001.0001

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Adult Video News

Adult Video News

Selling XXX without the Sex

(p.84) 2 Adult Video News
Smutty Little Movies

Peter Alilunas

University of California Press

Chapter two explores the creation in 1983 of Adult Video News (AVN), a newsletter initially aimed at the public but gradually transformed into an industry trade journal in the vein of Variety or Hollywood Reporter. In its attempts to provide a more sophisticated, nuanced, and professional set of discourses for adult video, AVN represents a major turning point in this history, focusing on the industry as an industry, rather than merely as content made by unseen, hidden forces. Additionally, AVN repeatedly emphasized and encouraged the creation of quality material as a strategy to gain the respectability that would lead to greater acceptability and profits, a stance it also replicated within its own pages and editorial practices. Ultimately, AVN crafted something new: a space in which to promote, sell, and celebrate adult video.

Keywords:   Pornography, Home Video, Film History, Sexuality Studies, Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Adult Video News, Adult Magazines

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